"Humoresque (or Humoreske) is a genre of romantic music characterized by pieces with fanciful humor in the sense of mood rather than wit. Notable examples of the humoresque style are Schumann's Humoreske in B-flat major (Op. 20, 1839), and Dvořák's set of eight Humoresques (Op. 101, 1894), of which the one in G-flat major is well known."
The most famous of Antonin Dvorak's short pieces, and one of the most romantic and moving works of music I've ever heard, "Humoresque" was a series of eight orchestral movements. They were written in the Summer of 1894 when Dvorak was 53 years old and back with his family in his native Bohemia.
The then-world famous composer was taking a break from a three-year stay in America, where he was the head of New York's Conservatory of Music. He spent a good deal of his free time absorbing and distilling American music and worked and learned with white and black musicians.
He had also headed orchestras as a guest conductor Moscow, London and Birmingham England.
He also composed the famous folk and African American-spiritual based "New World Symphony" at about this time.