Passage |
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French passage, lit. – pass, pass

A term that originally denoted (as in literature) a fragment of a work, not necessarily coinciding with a section of its form, but representing a certain unity due to the use of a certain method of presentation or the specificity of the nature of the music. In the 16th century P. begins to be understood as the study of sounds in rapid movement, which, as a rule, is difficult to perform and is an integral part of virtuoso music. A distinction is made between scale-like, chordal (based on arpeggios) and mixed P.. Usually P. does not differ thematically. certainty and relief; however, in virtuoso products. major composers, for example. in fp. etudes by F. Chopin, often consisting entirely of P., they are filled with significant melodic. content.

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