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(Fr.), Humoreske (Ger.). Title given by some composers to a lively and capricious (sometimes a little sad) instr. comp. Famous examples are by Dvořák (particularly No.7 of his 8 Humoresques for pf., Op.101, 1894), and Schumann, for pf., Op.20, 1839. Mahler orig. conceived his 4th Sym. as a ‘symphonic Humor‐esque’.

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