toccata


toccata

noun, plural toc·ca·tas, toc·ca·te [tuhkah-tee; Italian tawk-kah-te] /təˈkɑ ti; Italian tɔkˈkɑ tɛ/. Music.

  1. a composition in the style of an improvisation, for the piano, organ, or other keyboard instrument, intended to exhibit the player’s technique.

noun

  1. a rapid keyboard composition for organ, harpsichord, etc, dating from the baroque period, usually in a rhythmically free style
n.

1724, from Italian toccata, from toccare “to touch.” A composition for keyboard instrument, intended to exhibit the touch and technique of the performer, and having the air of an improvisation.

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