Musical Form: Classical & Romantic Eras: Scherzo

A scherzo (plural scherzos or scherzi) is a piece of music, often a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony or a sonata. The scherzo’s precise definition has varied over the years, but it often refers to a movement which replaces the minuet as the third movement in a four-movement work, such as a symphony, sonata, or string quartet.Scherzo also frequently refers to a fast-moving humorous composition which may or may not be part of a larger work.


Chopin: Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16 –  III. Scherzo: Vivace

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