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Capriccios (Music)

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    • Capricci (Music)
    • Capricciettos (Music)
    • Caprices (Music)
    • Caprichos (Music)
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    • found: Work cat.: Eckhardt-Gramatté, S.C. 6 caprices for piano, ©1996.
    • found: Zaimont, J.L. Capriccio for solo flute, ©2005.
    • found: Clementi, M. Capriccios nos. 1 & 4, 2002.
    • found: Goodman, J. Capricho goyesco : for B♭ clarinet solo, ©1981.
    • found: Swisher, G.W. Caprichos : for guitar and piano, 1991.
    • found: Grove music online, Nov. 26, 2018(Capriccio(i) (It.: 'whim', 'fancy'; Fr. caprice). 'Capriccio' does not signify a specific musical technique or structure, but rather a general disposition towards the exceptional, the whimsical, the fantastic and the apparently arbitrary; capriccios; capricci; In 1834 Schumann defined the capriccio as "a genre of music which is different from the 'low-comedy' burlesque in that it blends the sentimental with the witty. Often there is something étude-like about it")
    • found: The Oxford companion to music, 2011, via WWW, Nov. 26, 2018(capriccio (It., 'whim', 'fancy'; Fr.: caprice 1. A term applied to a piece of music, vocal or instrumental, of a fantastical or capricious nature. Rousseau defined it in his dictionary (1768) as "A kind of free music, in which the composer, without subjecting himself to any theme, gives loose rein to his genius, and submits himself to the fire of composition"; capriccios; caprice: see capriccio)
    • found: The Oxford dictionary of music, 2013, via WWW, Nov. 26, 2018:capriccio (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. that has unexpected and orig. effects) caprice (see capriccio)
    • found: Dolmetsch Music dictionary online, Nov. 26, 2018:Capriccietto (a short capriccio) Capriccio (s.), Capricci (pl.) (in the sixteenth century, a madrigal; in the early seventeenth century, a keyboard work often employing fugal imitation; in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, similar to a canzona, ricercar or toccata; from the nineteenth century, a quick, light, sometimes fanciful composition, a jeu d'esprit) Caprice (a quick, light, sometimes fanciful composition, capriccio) Capricho (caprice)
    • found: Hoffman, M. The NPR classical music companion, 1997(Capriccio/Caprice. In music, since the sixteenth century or so, capriccio has been used as a title for pieces that don't fit neatly in a category--lively pieces, usually, in which composers follow their imaginations, their whims, rather than strict rules)
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