Definition of capriccioso in English:

capriccioso

adverb & adjective

Music
  • (especially as a direction) in a free and impulsive style.

    • ‘Akin to Dvorak's Scherzo capriccioso in many respects, it is even more full of harmonic daring.’
    • ‘He inspired many substantial concertante works, including Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, Bruch's Violin Concerto no. 2 and Scottish Fantasy, and Saint-Saëns's Rondo capriccioso and Violin Concertos nos. 1 and 3.’
    • ‘Concertos were written for him, as also was the Introduction and Rondo capriccioso.’
    • ‘A whirlwind final movement, allegro - andante - vivace molto capriccioso - with something of the feel of Bartók and Prokofiev, ends by quoting material from the earlier movements.’
    • ‘The Scherzo capriccioso, abridged in this recording in order to fit on two 78 rpm sides, was recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1930.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘capricious’, from capriccio.

Pronunciation

capriccioso

/kəˌprɪtʃɪˈəʊsəʊ//kəˌprɪtʃɪˈəʊzəʊ/