Definition of capriccioso in English:


Syllabification: ca·pric·ci·o·so
Pronunciation: /kəˌprēCHēˈōsō, -ˈōzō

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) in a free, playful, impulsive style.
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  • A whirlwind final movement, allegro - andante - vivace molto capriccioso - with something of the feel of Bartók and Prokofiev, ends by quoting material from the earlier movements.
  • He inspired many substantial concertante works, including Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, Bruch's Violin Concerto no. 2 and Scottish Fantasy, and Saint-Saëns's Rondo capriccioso and Violin Concertos nos. 1 and 3.
  • The Scherzo capriccioso, abridged in this recording in order to fit on two 78 rpm sides, was recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1930.


Italian, literally 'capricious', from capriccio.

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