[kuh-pree-chee-oh; Italian kah-preet-chaw]
- Music. a composition in a free, irregular style.
- a caper; prank.
- a whim; caprice.
Origin of capriccio
1595–1605; < Italian, perhaps a shortening of caporiccio head with bristling hair
[ah kuh-pree-chee-oh; Italian ah kah-preet-chaw]
- at whatever tempo or with whatever expression the performer wishes.
Origin of a capriccio
< Italian: according to caprice
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Examples from the Web for capriccio
A Sonata Brilliant and a Capriccio are among her best works.Woman's Work in Music
I devoted most of 1929 to the composition of my Capriccio, which I had begun the Christmas before.
I worked at my Capriccio all summer and finished it at the end of September.
The Capriccio, my latest composition, was already in demand in various towns.
Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo .Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
- music a lively piece composed freely and without adhering to the rules for any specific musical form
C17: from Italian: caprice
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Word Origin and History for capriccio
1690s as a term in music for a kind of free composition, from Italian capriccio "sudden start or motion" (see caprice). Earlier it meant "prank, trick" (1660s); "caprice" (c.1600).
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