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This article is about the musical genre. For the 1946 film, see Humoresque (1946 film). For the 1920 film, see Humoresque (1920 film).

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.