bravura

[bruh-vyoor-uh, -voor-uh; Italian brah-voo-rah]
noun, plural bravuras Italian, bravure [brah-voo-re] .
1.
Music. a florid passage or piece requiring great skill and spirit in the performer.
2.
a display of daring; brilliant performance.
adjective
3.
Music. spirited; florid; brilliant (applied chiefly to vocal but occasionally to instrumental compositions).

Origin:
1780–90; < Italian: spirit, dash. See brave, -ure

bravery, bravado, bravura.
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bravura (brəˈvjʊərə, -ˈvʊərə)
 
n
1.  a display of boldness or daring
2.  music
 a.  brilliance of execution
 b.  (as modifier): a bravura passage
 
[C18: from Italian: spirit, courage, from bravare to show off, see bravado]

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bravura
1788, "piece of music requiring great skill," from It. bravura "bravery, spirit" (see brave). Sense of "display of brilliancy, dash" is from 1813.
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Example sentences
In the final film, this is a bravura sequence, running about half an hour.
And the melody is a bravura showpiece for any singer.
Endowed with sweetly spun melodies and a bravura finale, the concerto is an unapologetic showpiece for a virtuoso performer.
His bravura brushwork and innovative focus on light and color both dazzled and bewildered his contemporaries.
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