toccata


toc·ca·ta

noun \tə-ˈkä-tə\

music : a piece of music for the piano or a similar instrument that is played very quickly

Full Definition of TOCCATA

:  a musical composition usually for organ or harpsichord in a free style and characterized by full chords, rapid runs, and high harmonies

Origin of TOCCATA

Italian, from toccare to touch, from Vulgar Latin — more at touch
First Known Use: circa 1724

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

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