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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]. Many humoresques can be compared to a gigue in their dance-like qualities, and many were used as dance music from the 1700s onwards.

Notable Examples[edit]

Notable examples of the humoresque style are:

See also[edit]


  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.