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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.]
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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]
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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]
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scherzo

A lively piece, often humorous, in triplet time and used for the third movement of symphonies and sonatas.
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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"
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scherzo

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

nScherzo nt
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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.
Throughout years, he wrote numerous jazz compositions, including fugues, preludes, ballads and scherzos, many of them written in the 1970s.
Only in the third movement is there a faint hint of the man who (apart from Beethoven) would compose the greatest orchestral scherzos. But Bruckner enthusiasts will want to hear it.
Inner movements remain comparatively neglected and Ryan McClelland's new book on Brahms's scherzos seeks to redress this imbalance.
The Scherzo is actually the first point in the symphony that the composer seems himself, it being a restless contrast of grandiose reflections and serene respites and, interestingly, a possible inspiration for the later Scherzos of Mahler.
The third movement is one of Mahler's manic ``horror'' scherzos with plenty of dissonance and counterpoint to enjoy and halfway through is a contrasting quieter passage with gorgeous music for solo trumpet.
He can still be spotted there, but more often than not he is, with undiminshed energy and growing aplomb, tearing through demi-solos in Martins's works and such Balanchine plums as Stars and Stripes, Tarantella, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the scherzos of Symphony in C and Tschaikovsky Suite No.
In Kosler's account, the varied tempos oldie final movements impart the scores with a special esprit, whose opposite is formed by the emotionally charged slow movements and pointed scherzos. Especially worth returning to is Kosler's recording of Symphony No.
Asia definitely has a knack for writing scherzos in a particularly playful and whimsical style, certainly one of the characteristics that identify his music as American-composed.
Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos - Stephen Hough (Hyperion CDA67456)For all his thoughtful, refined technique, Stephen Hough also has the gift of penetrating effortlessly into the nature of the music under performance; these were some of the qualities which led to his Hyperion recording of all five Saint-Saen piano concertos with the CBSO under Sakari Oramo winning the Gramophone's Record of the Year award not so long ago.
The second and fourth movements are typically bizarre Mahler Scherzos, sounding vaguely familiar yet distant.
13 in the same key, and the fleet-footed Mendelssohnian scherzo style leaves its marks in the scherzos of the Quintet op.