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a type of improvisation; a short poem composed quickly, often orally, without long reflection. In content, an impromptu is usually a madrigal, epigram, or joke, such as A. S. Pushkin’s “A locust was flying . . . .” Occasionally impromptus are serious and lyrical in content, for example, F. I. Tiutchev’s “Human tears
In music, an impromptu is a piano piece, an improvisation inspired by a certain mood or experience, with vivid lyricism and a free musical form. Impromptus were written by Schubert, Chopin, and Liszt (valse impromptu).