scherzo


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scher·zo

 (skĕr′tsō)
n. pl. scher·zos or scher·zi (-tsē)
A lively movement, commonly in 3/4 time, introduced as a replacement for a minuet in pieces with multiple movements.

[Italian, joke, scherzo, from Old Italian scherzare, to joke, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

scherzo

(ˈskɛətsəʊ)
n, pl -zos or -zi (-tsiː)
(Music, other) a brisk lively movement, developed from the minuet, with a contrastive middle section (a trio). See minuet2
[Italian: joke, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German scherzen to jest]

scher•zo

(ˈskɛrt soʊ)

n., pl. scher•zos, scher•zi (ˈskɛrt si)
a musical movement of playful character, typically in aba form.
[1850–55; < Italian: joke, derivative of scherzare to joke < Langobardic]

scherzo

A lively piece, often humorous, in triplet time and used for the third movement of symphonies and sonatas.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scherzo - a fast movement (usually in triple time)scherzo - a fast movement (usually in triple time)
movement - a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata; "the second movement is slow and melodic"
Translations

scherzo

[ˈskɜːtsəʊ] N (scherzos or scherzi (pl)) [ˈskɜːtsiː]scherzo m

scherzo

nScherzo nt
References in classic literature ?
She opened the piano and sang, played charming nocturnes and scherzos with a grace and sentiment which displayed a perfect freedom of mind, thus triumphing over her father, whose darkling face showed no softening.
Dazzling in sonorities, the scherzo is a masterpiece of Mahler's polyphonic art.
4 in gmajor, since in Sejna's account the scherzo of In the Power of Phantoms acquires almost Mahlerian dimensions and ambitions--in his hands, the feverish movement, texturally akin to Suk's Fantastic Scherzo and Asrael, does not let the listener take a breath, does not lose its nerve throughout, rolling like a deliriously hot dream, an emotional hallucination.
Listeners of a certain age will recognize Baubles, bangles and beads in the quartet's skipping scherzo while And this is my beloved borrows the surging romanticism of its succeeding Notturno.
Among their topics are dia-planar diffusion: reconstructing early Aramaic-Arabic language contact, the role of metaphor in the interpretation of prepositions: the Arabic minand the French de, teaching Arabic to the angels: a scherzo by al-Ma'arri in heavenly morphology, the Semitic origin of the English work fustian, and Jewish writing in Arabic in Arabic characters in the 19th and 20th centuries.
30pm, with works including Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn, Les Rose et les Epines by Zaretaki and Spanish Rhapsody by Liszt.
Questi, in dialogo gioioso con Useppe (conoscitore della loro lingua), gli dedicano la famosa canzonetta: "E uno scherzo uno scherzo tutto uno scherzo", vero enigma critico, aperto a un ampio ventaglio di possibilita interpretative.
The orchestra mastered each 'movement' and the scherzo was most impressive in which the maniacal rhythms and harmonic clashes suggest RVW's mood at the time.
During the intense Scherzo, the SCO's solo violin plays in a Schumann style, full of emotion and optimism.
A hurly-burly scherzo gave the orchestra the chance to showcase more of the crisp switch in dynamics, while the only purgatory in the purgatorio third movement (surely at heart more pastoral?
Alan Mao played a challenging selection, including Waltz Scherzo no.
McClelland's conception of the scherzo is broad, including a number of related movement types such as minuets, intermezzos, and waltzes, along with several hybrids more difficult to categorize.