- a movement or passage of light or playful character, especially as the second or third movement of a sonata or a symphony.
Origin of scherzo
Examples from the Web for scherzo
So they plunged again into an Andante and Scherzo of Beethoven.
With the scherzo the two hirsute faces broke into broad smiles.
The scherzo evinces a taking jocosity with a serious interval.
The Scherzo is again of the Beethoven order in its contagious comicality.
The scherzo, too, was an artistic triumph for the orchestra.Musical Criticisms
- a brisk lively movement, developed from the minuet, with a contrastive middle section (a trio)See minuet (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for scherzo
1852, from Italian scherzo, literally "sport, joke," from scherzare "to jest or joke," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German scherzen "to jump merrily, enjoy oneself," German scherz "sport"), from PIE *(s)ker- (2) "leap, jump about." The lively second or third movement in a multi-movement work. Scherzando is the Italian gerund of scherzare.