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(It.); caprice (Eng. and Fr.). (1) Term applied to some 16th‐cent. It. madrigals and, later, to a kind of free fugue for kbd. instr., and later to any light quick comp. (2) In early 18th cent. sometimes used for ‘cadenza’. (3)a capriccio means ’according to the fancy (caprice) of the performer’, hence a comp. which has unexpected and orig. effects. Stravinsky and Janááček both wrote works for pf. and orch. which they called Capriccio, Janáček's being for left hand only and wind ens. (comp. for the Cz. pianist Otakar Hollmann). 2nd movt. of Haydn's Sym. No.86 (Hob. I:86) is called Capriccio, unusual in a sym.

(1) Term applied to some 16th‐cent. It. madrigals and, later, to a kind of free fugue for kbd. instr., and later to any light quick comp. (2) In early 18th cent. sometimes used for ‘cadenza’. (3)a capriccio means ’according to the fancy (caprice) of the performer’, hence a comp. which has unexpected and orig. effects. Stravinsky and Janááček both wrote works for pf. and orch. which they called Capriccio, Janáček's being for left hand only and wind ens. (comp. for the Cz. pianist Otakar Hollmann). 2nd movt. of Haydn's Sym. No.86 (Hob. I:86) is called Capriccio, unusual in a sym.

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