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scherzando

[skert-sahn-doh, -san-] /skɛrtˈsɑn doʊ, -ˈsæn-/
adjective
1.
(a musical direction) playful; sportive.
Origin of scherzando
1805-1815
1805-15; < Italian, gerund of scherzare to joke; see scherzo
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Historical Examples
  • The middle movement is a scherzando, and thereby hangs a little tale.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • A coda of great bravery leads to the last movement, 286 which is marked "scherzando," but is rather martial in tone.

British Dictionary definitions for scherzando

scherzando

/skɛəˈtsændəʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
to be performed in a light-hearted manner
noun (pl) -di (-diː), -dos
2.
a movement, passage, etc, directed to be performed in this way
Word Origin
Italian, literally: joking. See scherzo
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