The Valiant Woman

by Powers, J.F.

On a walk this afternoon, I spotted curbside an abandoned 1972 volume of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, volume 4 (BOTHA TO CARTHAGE!!) which somehow mysteriously made its way from its landfill destiny to my grubby paw and later, to a treasured position on my mantle (or my world’s equivalent of a mantle… equally special. Mantleworthy). And because in these podcasts I regrettably don’t offer biographical triviata on authors or enumeration on the stories’ tropes or anything else considered… well, useful… I thought I’d share my newfound encyclopedic knowledge with you. It’s the least I can do. And so this, from a random entry (and despite analogous relevance to the subject of tonight’s podcast, this was certifiably blind-thumbingly random, honest):

Cadenza, the Italian word for cadence, is the name given to an unaccompanied bravura passage introduced at or near the close of a movement as a brilliant climax, particularly in solo concertos of a virtuoso character where the element of display is prominent.

I hope you’ve appreciated this sharing of knowledge as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you.

Article written by miette

Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

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