|—n , pl -zos, -zi|
|1.||a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between the acts or scenes of an opera, drama, etc|
|2.||an instrumental piece either inserted between two longer movements in an extended composition or intended for independent performance|
|3.||another name for interlude|
|[C19: from Italian, from Late Latin intermedium interval; see |
in music and theatre, an entertainment performed between the acts of a play; also a light instrumental composition. In the late 15th and 16th centuries, classical and contemporary plays were performed with intermezzi written by the finest composers of the time and consisting of solo songs, madrigals and other part-songs, dance, and, occasionally, spoken dialogue. In subject matter, they were often allegorical or pastoral.
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