scherzo (from the Italian meaning "joke") is a short composition, which sometimes forms a movement from a larger work such as a symphony or sonata. The precise definition has varied over the years, but scherzo often refers to a movement that replaces the minuet as the second or third movement in a four-movement work. Like a minuet, it is a triparite (ABA) form that is in triple meter but has a much faster tempo. The term can also refer to a fast-moving humorous composition that may or may not be part of a larger work. In the Baroque period (c. 1600–c. 1750), it was a light vocal or instrumental piece (for example, the scherzi musicali of Claudio Monteverdi, 1607). In the 19th century, the scherzo was often an independent orchestral composition.