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intermezzo
(Italian)


The piece was first performed as an intermezzo between two acts of an opera.
  a short movement coming between the major sections of a symphony or opera
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An intermezzo can also be used as a synonym for an interlude (an intermission or break during a drama or other performance).
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  • The piece was first performed as an intermezzo between two acts of an opera.
  • We had a really good laugh at this little intermezzo.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It was an intermezzo, a vocal solo, a "prayer" from Gounod’s opera about Faust.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Intermezzo.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • When he had finished the Liszt Intermezzo and had begun a Prelude by Chopin, Mme. de Cambremer turned to Mme. de Franquetot with a tender smile, full of intimate reminiscence, as well as of satisfaction (that of a competent judge) with the performance.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • PART 1 Intermezzo in a Corridor APRIL 812 An estimated 600 women served during the American Civil War.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • [Illustration] [Illustration] XXII WALPURGIS-NIGHT’S DREAM OBERON AND TITANIA’s GOLDEN WEDDING INTERMEZZO MANAGER Sons of Mieding, rest to-day!
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
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Associated words [difficulty]:   intermezzo [9] , lingua franca [7] , libretto [8]
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