par·​ti·​ta | \ pär-ˈtē-tə How to pronounce partita (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Folksy melodies exchanged between the violin and piano in the second movement recall Bartok, while the violin’s contrapuntal lines in the opening of the third movement were reminiscent of a Bach partita. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Two area ensembles trace modern classical music’s spirit of innovation," 20 Oct. 2020 One thing that really confused me about listening to modern players approach the solo partita was that often it was played so freely and with so much rubato. New York Times, "A Flutist Steps Into the Solo Spotlight," 13 Oct. 2020 His 2018 collection of the violin sonatas and partitas was revelatory in its unpretentious lightness and dancing energy. New York Times, "When Coronavirus Cancels Concerts, Critics Put on Headphones," 13 Mar. 2020 After all the destruction, Spalding takes the record player into a little house in the rear of the stage and plays a Bach partita while Ron and Libby climb to the upper reaches of the theater and exit, as if into heaven. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, "The Forty-Year Rehearsal," 6 Jan. 2020 As a playlist of Bach partitas played in the background, Giulianotti kept up a running commentary, which was transmitted via a sound system. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "Paging Dr. Robot," 23 Sep. 2019 Her projects range from keen rethinkings of virtuoso fare to a record of improvisations with the German pianist Hauschka to six new solo violin partitas by Spanish composer Antón García Abril, a recording of which came out earlier this year. David Weininger,, "Hilary Hahn’s solo encounter with Bach, just before a break," 3 July 2019 Before the next break starts, though, there are concerts still to perform — among them, a July 10 Bach recital at Tanglewood featuring two of the composer’s sonatas and one partita for solo violin. David Weininger,, "Hilary Hahn’s solo encounter with Bach, just before a break," 3 July 2019 The partita is a hypnotic piece filled with dramatic cascading passages. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "Redemption of a Lost Prodigy," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of partita

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for partita

Italian, from partire to divide, from Latin — more at part

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“Partita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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