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This article is about the musical genre. For the 1946 film, see Humoresque (film). For the 1920 film, see Humoresque (1920 film).
Arranged for viola and piano by Elias Goldstein, performed by Elias Goldstein (viola) and Monica Pavel (piano)

Tchaikovsky's "Humoresque" performed by the United States Navy Band Symphony Orchestra in 1955

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Humoresque (or Humoreske) is a genre of romantic music characterized by pieces with fanciful humor in the sense of mood rather than wit.[1] The name refers to the German term Humoreske, which was given from the 1800s (decade) onward to humorous tales.[2]

Notable examples of the humoresque style are Schumann's Humoreske in B-flat major (Op. 20, 1839), and Dvořák's set of eight Humoresques (Op. 101, 1894), of which No. 7 in G-flat major is well known.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Randel, Don Michael (1999). The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-00978-9. 
  2. ^ R. Grimm. "Begriff und Gattung Humoreske". Jahrbuch der Jean Paul Gesellschaft, 1968.