Placed, like Beethoven's scherzo, between the tragic "funeral march" of Maxi and Fortunata (book two) and the final disposition of the novel's serious themes (book four), the third volume offers a change of pace and a bit of comic relief.
-- Vernon A. Chamberlin, Galdós and Beethoven, 1977
When you play that Chopin scherzo at the end, you're going to bring down the house!
-- Gail Godwin, The Finishing School, 1984
Scherzo is ultimately from Langobardic, a language from Lombardy. It came to English through the Italian word scherzare for "joke."