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, largo.
More often than not, composers give movements an Italian name that indicates how fast— or slow—they should be played.
But there is an exception—the scherzo.
Which in Italian means “jest” or “joke.”
In this hour, how the scherzo came to be—and what it unexpectedly became.
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