• WordNet 3.6
    • n capriccio an instrumental composition that doesn't adhere to rules for any specific musical form and is played with improvisation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Capriccio A caprice; a freak; a fancy.
    • Capriccio (Mus) A piece in a free form, with frequent digressions from the theme; a fantasia; -- often called caprice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n capriccio A caprice; a whim. Also caprichio.
    • n capriccio A musical composition in a free, irregular, and often whimsical style: first applied to deviations from strict forms, like the fugue, especially when in quick tempo, but now extended to any fancifully irregular piece. Also caprice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Capriccio (ka-prēt′cho) a sportive motion
    • ns Capriccio (mus.) a species of free composition, not subject to rule as to form or figure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. See Caprice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. caprice—It. capriccio; perh. from L. capra, a she-goat.


In literature:

CAPRICCIOS, a fanciful composition.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
This is not too fast for the capriccio, with its pretty and ingenious rhythmical transformations.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
He said he would teach me; told me to prepare some more Inventions, some Czerny studies and the Mendelssohn Capriccio, Op.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
Don't forget the toccatas, fantasias, and capriccios.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
A Sonata Brilliant and a Capriccio are among her best works.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
A Chopin ballade must have quite a different interpretation from a Scarlatti Capriccio.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
A new dish, a new sauce, new music, charming capriccios!
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
And these knees, this capriccio.
"Pandora's Box" by Frank Wedekind
Brahms has written two sets of variations on the theme of the Capriccio, No.
"Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work" by Stephen Samuel Stratton

In news:

Capriccio 's Ristorante in Pembroke Pines.
Great Performances The Final Scene of Capriccio PBS.
Renee Fleming performas an aria as The Countess in a portion of the Final Scene from Richard Strauss's Capriccio , conducted by Andrew Davis in John Cox's production, at the Metropolitan Opera.
Capriccio airs for Great Performances at the Met August 14 at 12 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).
Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the elegant Countess in Richard Strauss's Capriccio , on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, August 14 at 12 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).
Steve Barnes reports that the owners of Café Capriccio in Albany called him to send along this message: The business is not for sale.
Capriccio for Oboe and Orchestra.
Langridge studied at the Royal Academy of Music and had roles in numerous operas, including Strauss' 'Capriccio,' 'Peter Grimes' and 'Das Rheingold.'.
Rimsky-Korsakov 's Capriccio espagnol.
It has been many months, if not to say years, that we have been as agreeably impressed with a restaurant as we were this week with the Capriccio.
Luxurious Capriccio is Providence's favorite destination for pre-theater dinner.
Rua's new book is "Cafe Capriccio's Chef 's Table," consisting of original recipes, cooking techniques, family recollections and memorable characters.
Jim Rua, founding owner and chef at Cafe Capriccio in Albany, will greet the public and sign copies of his new book at three appearances at Capital Region Price Choppers .
Locally, I appreciate the full range of dining from Cafe Capriccio, to Chez Mike, to Browns.