passagework

passagework

[pas-ij-wurk]
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:
1860–65; passage1 + work

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