Cadenza – A passage usually towards the end of a song where a soloist plays an elaborate and showy flourish
Note: The cadenza usually serves as the climax.
To remember what cadenza means, use the following mnemonic:
The cadet has influenza (cadenza). She had to perform solo because no one would go near her, but at least she did it with a flourish.
Examples of cadenza in a sentence
The soloist used a cadenza to end the song.
The cadenza impressed the audience.
You have to be an accomplished musician to play a great cadenza.