An interlude; an intermede. See Intermede.
In opera, a short instrumental passage that connects the larger sections of a composition or provides a dramatic transition between moods. Intermezzos can be separate, self-contained works of music. NEA CD: "Intermezzo" from Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry), Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Rahbari, conductor
An Italian forerunner of opera that was performed between the acts of long tragedies to serve as a diversion. Popular at the end of the Renaissance period, they included madrigal-style singing, a loose story line, and spectacular scenery. They were performed by choruses, soloists, and large instrumental ensembles. ( Lesson 8, Page 1) HEAR IT