Scherzo meaning

skĕrtsō
A lively, playful composition, usually in 3/4 time.
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Such a piece serving as a movement, typically the third movement, of a sonata, symphony, or quartet.
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(music) A piece of music or a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony; especially, a piece of music played in a playful manner.
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A lively movement, commonly in 3/4 time, introduced as a replacement for a minuet in pieces with multiple movements.
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Origin of scherzo

  • Italian joke, scherzo from Old Italian scherzare to joke perhaps of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian scherzo (“joke, play"), from scherzare (“to joke, jest") from Old Italian scherzare, from Lombardic *skerzan (“to jump merrily, enjoy oneself, jest") from Proto-Germanic *skirtanÄ… (“to hop, jump"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kerǝd- (“to dance, jump"). Akin to Middle High German scherzen "to frolic, jump merrily, hop up and down" (German scherzen "to joke"; Scherz "joke, sport"), Norwegian skjerta "to joke".

    From Wiktionary