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[fi-nal-ee, -nah-lee] /fɪˈnæl i, -ˈnɑ li/
the last piece, division, or movement of a concert, opera, or composition.
the concluding part of any performance, course of proceedings, etc.; end.
1715-25; < Italian, noun use of finale (adj.) < Latin fīnālis final Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for finale


the concluding part of any performance or presentation
the closing section or movement of a musical composition
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, n use of adj finale, from Latin fīnālisfinal
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Word Origin and History for finale

1783, borrowed as a musical term from Italian finale "final," from Latin finalis (see final). From 1724 as an Italian word in English. Figurative use by 1810.

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Encyclopedia Article for finale

in music, the last and, as a rule, lively movement of a multimovement instrumental work, or the culminating section of an operatic act or scene, usually involving a vocal ensemble rather than a single singer. During the musical era dominated by Viennese Classicism (c. 1770-1820), solo concerti tended to end with movements in rondo form, while the finales of symphonic and chamber works, eventually solo sonatas as well, increasingly complied with the sonata-allegro principle. Beginning with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's last two symphonies (Nos. 40 and 41, 1788) and reaching its highest expression in numerous works of Ludwig van Beethoven, the finale attained a structural significance that had previously been reserved for the opening movement, to the extent that, instead of providing merely an agreeable conclusion, it contained the ultimate thematic resolution of a large-scale instrumental drama

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