Licenza(i) (It.: ‘licence’)
- William C. Holmes
(1) In the 17th and 18th centuries a passage or cadenza inserted into a piece by a performer.
(2) In the same period, an epilogue inserted into a stage work (opera or play) in honour of a patron’s birthday or wedding, or for some other festive occasion. This usually consisted of recitatives and arias but choruses were sometimes included. The ...