Word + Quiz: brio

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Word + Quiz: brio

: the quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous

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The word brio has appeared in 28 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 6 in the obituary “Eddie Van Halen, Virtuoso of the Rock Guitar, Dies at 65” by Jim Farber:

Mr. Van Halen structured his solos the way Macy’s choreographs its Independence Day fireworks shows: shooting off rockets of sound that seemed to explode in a shower of light and color. His outpouring of riffs, runs and solos was hyperactive and athletic, joyous and wry, making deeper or darker emotions feel irrelevant.

… Van Halen recorded its debut album for the label in just three weeks, employing few overdubs, the better to capture its in-concert brio. Released in early 1978, the album broke the Billboard Top 20 and, in the process, reasserted the power of hard rock at a time when disco, punk and new wave dominated.

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