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FINALE (Ital. for "end"), a term in music for the concluding movement in an instrumental composition, whether symphony, concerto or sonata, and, in dramatic music, the concerted piece which ends each act. Of instrumental finales, the great choral finale to Beethoven's 9th symphony, and of operatic finales, that of Mozart's Nozze di Figaro, to the second act, and to the last act of Verdi's Falstaff may be mentioned. In the Wagnerian opera the finale has no place.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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