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1. the concluding part of any performance or presentation
2. the closing section or movement of a musical composition
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(1) The concluding section of a cyclic musical composition—sonata, chamber piece, concerto, or symphony. It usually has a fast tempo and is in rondo or sonata form. In the 18th century, the finale was customarily lively.

(2) The concluding scene of an opera or ballet act. As a rule, the finale consists of a number of solo, ensemble, and choral segments. An opera finale often has swift plot development and is either dramatic, usually containing the climax of the act or of the entire work, or solemn and monumental.

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