Variant of scherzo
- a lively, playful composition, usually in 3/4 time
- such a piece serving as a movement, typically the third movement, of a sonata, symphony, or quartet
Origin: It, a jest, sport from Gmc, as inch(es) Middle High German schërz, pleasure, play, ultimately from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to leap, jump from source scare, Classical Latin cardo, a hinge, turning point
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