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passagework

[pas-ij-wurk] /ˈpæs ɪdʒˌwɜrk/
noun, Music.
1.
writing that is often extraneous to the thematic material of a work and is typically of a virtuosic or decorative character:
passagework consisting of scales, arpeggios, trills, and double octaves.
2.
the performance of such writing:
The pianist's passagework is brilliantly clear and smooth.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; passage1 + work
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British Dictionary definitions for passage work

passage work

noun
1.
(music) scales, runs, etc, in a piece of music which have no structural significance but provide an opportunity for virtuoso display
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