Definition and background:
cadence -imperfect cadence. opera -has been coined to describe the English dramatic works of the later 17th century that combined spoken drama with a significant element of music, as in Purcell's king Arthur, with a text by Dryden, or in the same composer's the fairy queen, an adaptation of Shakespeare's a midsummer night's dream.
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