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A capriccio or caprice (sometimes plural: caprices, capri or , in Italian, capricci), is a piece of music , usually fairly free in form and of a lively character . The typical capriccio is one that is fast, intense, and often virtuosic in nature . The term has been applied in disparate ways, covering works using many different procedures and forms, as well as a wide variety of vocal and instrumental forces. The earliest occurrence of the term was in 1561 by Jacquet de Berchem and applied to a set of madrigals. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, it could refer to madrigals, music intended alternatively for voices or instruments , or for strictly instrumental pieces, especially keyboard compositions (Schwandt 2001). Listed by composer : Fikret Amirov: Azerbaijan Capriccio (1961) Johann Sebastian Bach: Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother Leoš Janáček: Capriccio (1926) György Ligeti: Due capricci (1947) Felix Mendelssohn: Capriccio brillant (1832) Niccolò Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin (1802–17) Krzysztof Penderecki: Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra (1967) Walter Piston: Capriccio for Harp and String Orchestra (1963) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol (1887) Igor Stravinsky: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1929) Francisco Tárrega: Capricho árabe (1892) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien (1880) William Walton: Capriccio burlesco (1968) Schwandt, Erich. 2001. "Capriccio (i)". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London : Macmillan Publishers.