What does capriccio mean?

capriccio meaning in General Dictionary

A piece in a free type with frequent digressions from theme a fantasia known as caprice

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  • an instrumental structure that does not follow rules for any particular music type and is used improvisation

capriccio meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1690s as a term in music for a kind of free structure, from Italian capriccio "abrupt begin or motion" (see caprice). Earlier on it implied "prank, technique" (1660s); "caprice" (c.1600).

capriccio - German to English