from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Music Lively and free. Used chiefly as a direction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. capriciously

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In a free, fantastic style.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, in a free, fantastic style.


Italian, from capriccio, caprice; see caprice.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)


  • The festival opened, for example, with the bright and lilting "Scherzo capriccioso," one of his best folksy programmatic pieces.

    Chicago's Date With Dvorak

  • Five years of hard study enabled her to appear at a concert at Marchiennes, when she played a concerto by De Beriot and the rondo capriccioso by Saint-Saens.

    Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday

  • Track 15: 'Pasticcio capriccioso sopra op 64 #1 dello Chopin (' Minute Waltz ')' samplefile size will be 723280028 bytes. recording 4100.2266 seconds stereo with 16 bits @ 44100.0 Hz - >


  • The Scherzo capriccioso sounded less rehearsed, and Alsop didn't do quite as much with the score as she did in the symphony.

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  • Dvorak's Symphony No. 7 and Scherzo capriccioso are being recorded at the Meyerhoff for future release as part of a cycle of that composer's works the BSO and music director Marin Alsop have been making for the Naxos label.

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