Definition and background:
A fanciful and irregular species of composition somewhat like a fantasia. Often capriccios are composed for the piano. French term applied to a light, lively, humorous piece of music, particularly to a 17th-century work for the keyboard. it is generally used to refer to the mood of the performer rather than to the specific type of music
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