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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Miguel and I danced the scherzo together.
▪ The scherzo resumes the sense of not-so-contained violence; and the Presto finale is taken at a dangerously fast pace.
▪ The point at which a minuet is no longer a minuet, but becomes a waltz or scherzo, is ultimately indefinable.
▪ They also found the filigree lightness necessary for the Octet scherzo.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Scherzo \Scher"zo\, n. [It.] (Mus.) A playful, humorous movement, commonly in 3-4 measure, which often takes the place of the old minuet and trio in a sonata or a symphony.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1852, from Italian scherzo, literally "sport, joke," from scherzare "to jest or joke," from a Germanic source (compare 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 musical work. Scherzando is the Italian gerund of scherzare.


n. (context music English) A piece of music or a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony; especially, a piece of music played in a playful manner.

  1. n. a fast movement (usually in triple time)

  2. [also: scherzi (pl)]


A scherzo (; ; plural scherzos or scherzi), in western classical music, is a piece of music, often a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony or a sonata, often in time. The precise definition has varied over the years, but scherzo often refers to a movement that 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 that may or may not be part of a larger work.

Scherzo (audio drama)

Scherzo is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is the beginning of the "Divergent Universe" saga which continued until The Next Life.

Usage examples of "scherzo".

And in the Fifth Symphony, one of those in which he called for no vocal performers, he nevertheless managed to vary and expand the conventional suite by preceding the first allegro with a march, and separating and relieving the gargantuan scherzo and rondo with an adagietto for strings alone.

But the scherzo that led into the concussive concluding allegro energico was giving him nothing but trouble.

Listening to this mighty scherzo, we know the cynicism that corroded your spirit.

The scherzo is the flickering of mad watery lights, a fantastic whipping dance, a sudden sinister conclusion.

The trio of the scherzo is like a section of some Polynesian forest, with its tropic warmth, its monstrous growths, its swampy earth, its chattering monkeys and birds of paradise.

Somebody turned on outdoor lighting, and a Mozart piano scherzo began on the sound system.

I am now tossed upon the melancholy and broken waves of some vehement scherzo of life, the subject is but working itself out, and I will strive to apprehend it even here.

But now he was stuck, mired in the scherzo which should have been among the easiest parts to finish.

If he could just get through the scherzo, the allegro would be a breeze: all brass and bass and supplesupportive strings.

One Sunday, just like that, I composed one of the loveliest scherzos imaginable - to a louse.