On a walk this afternoon, I spotted curbside an abandoned 1972 volume of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, volume 4 (BOTHA TO CARTHAGE!!) which somehow mysteriously made its way from its landfill destiny to my grubby paw and later, to a treasured position on my mantle (or my world’s equivalent of a mantle… equally special. Mantleworthy). And because in these podcasts I regrettably don’t offer biographical triviata on authors or enumeration on the stories’ tropes or anything else considered… well, useful… I thought I’d share my newfound encyclopedic knowledge with you. It’s the least I can do. And so this, from a random entry (and despite analogous relevance to the subject of tonight’s podcast, this was certifiably blind-thumbingly random, honest):
Cadenza, the Italian word for cadence, is the name given to an unaccompanied bravura passage introduced at or near the close of a movement as a brilliant climax, particularly in solo concertos of a virtuoso character where the element of display is prominent.
I hope you’ve appreciated this sharing of knowledge as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you.