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1. a consummate master of musical technique and artistry
2. a connoisseur, dilettante, or collector of art objects



a musician, performer, or artist who brilliantly overcomes considerable technical difficulties. The term “virtuoso” is applied primarily to music performers—instrumentalists and vocalists. The art of the virtuoso is inextricably linked with artistic inspiration, which captivates the audience and facilitates a brilliant and memorable interpretation of a work. Virtuosity allows the substance of a musical work to reach the listener with maximum completeness. However, when the performer is preoccupied with virtuosity in a one-sided manner, substance is relegated to the background and even falls victim to a demonstration of technical mastery in playing.


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Unlike much of the production work by mainstream producers, Virtuosity is imbued with the vision of an experienced musician (and clearly, a fan of the artists on the disc) who continually shows he's smart enough to refrain from getting in his own way and play to the strengths of his collaborators.
Bernstein is well aware of this branch of literary studies, but a reader from the music disciplines who looks into Virtuosity of the Nineteenth Century for a suggestion about how the metaphor of "performativity" might be brought usefully into play in the study of an art in which performance is no metaphor will not find much help in Bernstein's chapter on "The Musical Alibi in Theories of Performativity".
It is melodramatic and sanctimonious by turns, but Dussek's music is rather more interesting than the normal sentimental banalities, and he releases Staier's brilliant virtuosity for the `multitude furieuse'.
Black male texts such as All-Night Visitors will reflect U& black male tricksterism and linguistic virtuosity that is ultimately subversive, and they will also reflect an individuality that is basic to black nub culture, that is deeply embedded in its cultural tropes.
Closing the program, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (1987) continued the momentum, but so relentlessly that it began to feel repetitive despite some gorgeous moments--women's legs spinning like ribbons, feet flickering, the men brandishing them like weapons, all nine dancers reveling in their own virtuosity.
The Bartok concerto might have proved an ideal work for Lang to prove his detractors wrong, but instead of offering focused virtuosity, he conveyed the difficult keyboard part as a seemingly random stream of notes.
Evans's lyricism, Monk's quirkiness, Peterson's virtuosity, as well as Shearing's "locked chords" and Tyner's quartal sonorities, are captured faithfully and inventively.
It is less about the expressive potential of complex plots than about the virtuosity of the performers, their faces covered by masks of makeup that grotesquely mimic facial expressions.
Light and circulation are resolved with virtuosity as lightwells punctuate the subterranean route and living spaces.
Amoeba Music today confirmed that acclaimed French guitarist and Hot Club of New York founding member STEPHANE WREMBEL is the featured artist in an unprecedented 5-day residency at Amoeba Music Hollywood celebrating the tradition and virtuosity of Gypsy Jazz guitar.
With the recent death of Fayard Nicholas, there has been renewed interest in the careers of the siblings who lit up screens and stages, here and abroad, for six decades with their refined virtuosity.
And though he fully revealed his virtuosity, showboating was absent from his reading, which reached its zenith in the extraordinary transparency he achieved near the end of the finale, when his fingers seemed to float above the keys.