Definition of character piece in English:

character piece


  • 1Any literary or artistic work chiefly concerned with the depiction of the personality of one or more of its characters.

  • 2Music
    A short composition (typically for piano) intended to evoke a given mood, atmosphere, scene, etc., by purely musical means (rather than through text or dramatic action).


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopedia Americana. After German Charakterstück and its model French pièce de caractère.