In the New Grove Dictionary of Music, Maurice J.E. Brown writes, on the word “Humoreske,” as a musical form:
“..with later composers the style became more formalized, involving strongly marked rhythms and the frequent repetition of short-breathed tunes: the style is not unlike that of the scherzo but is less grotesque and more melodious…the form was a popular vehicle for a composer’s more genial and relaxed side.”
“Humoreske” is intended to be music of a light and playful character, with independent, interwoven lines for each player created from a few short melodic cells. The opening passage functions as a refrain—both a reminder and a point of departure each time it returns.
Duration: ca. 6 minutes
Instrumentation: violin, violoncello, piano