June 30th, 2008


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bravura \bruh-VYUR-uh; brah-; -VUR-\, noun:

1. A florid, brilliant style of music that emphasizes the technical force and skill of a performer; virtuoso music.

2. A showy or brilliant display.


Bravura comes from the Italian, from bravo, "brave, excellent."


The straightforward narrative account is set down with old-fashioned punctilio in prose of classic distinction, singularly free of bravura, and marked by the hard clarity of outline that is one of Waugh's several manners.

-- Charles A. Brady, "Figure of Grace", New York Times, January 24, 1960