A capriccio

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For other uses, see Capriccio (disambiguation).

A capriccio (Italian: "following one's fancy") is a tempo marking indicating a free and capricious approach to the tempo (and possibly the style) of the piece. This marking will usually modify another, such as lento a capriccio, often used in the Hungarian rhapsodies of Franz Liszt. Perhaps the most famous piece to use the term is Ludwig van Beethoven's Rondo a capriccio (Op. 129) his so-called Rage Over a Lost Penny.


  • "Capriccio, a," Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 28 April 2006) [1]