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Dictionary Definition

bravura n : brilliant and showy technical skill; "in a final bravura the ballerina appeared to be floating in water"; "the music ends with a display of bravura"

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Italian "bravery" from the Latin bravare


  1. (music) a highly technical or difficult piece, usually written for effect
  2. a display of daring





From the adjective bravo


  1. courage, boldness, a display of daring
  2. anger

Extensive Definition

In classical music, a bravura is a virtuosic passage intended to show off the skill of a performer, generally as a solo, and often in a cadenza. It can also be used as an adjective ("a bravura passage"), or refer to a performance of extraordinary virtuosity. The term comes from the Italian for goodness.

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