The Italian word scherzo in translation is a joke. Since olden times it was cultivated in music to indicate its nature - living, fun, playful. Beethoven introduced the name Scherzo for one of the secondary parts of the Symphony instead of the traditional earlier minuet. And in the middle of the nineteenth century, composers began to call and independent pieces, not only humorous, but sometimes dramatic or have sinister connotations. So, widely known Scherzo Chopin piano pieces, characterized by a wealth of images, content variety.
Frederic Chopin - Scherzo No. 2 in B-moll Op.31