Definition of capriccioso in English:


adjective & adverb

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

    • ‘The Scherzo capriccioso, abridged in this recording in order to fit on two 78 rpm sides, was recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1930.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Akin to Dvorak's Scherzo capriccioso in many respects, it is even more full of harmonic daring.’
    • ‘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.’


Italian, literally ‘capricious’, from capriccio.