Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
"Symphony No 2 Scherzo," painting by Caroline Tate
Allegro, adagio, presto…. Composers often give movements an Italian name that indicates how fast— or slow—they should be played.
But there is an exception—the scherzo—an Italian word that means “jest” or “joke.”
In this hour, a look at how the scherzo came to be——and what it unexpectedly became.
January 14, 2023
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