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

Examples of partita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On hearing the first notes of Chalifour playing the solo Bach partita that night, the goose bumps came, as Gehry has recalled, then the tears. Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Bach’s second violin partita closes with a massive ciaccona — a set of variations on a chord progression — singular among Bach’s works. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2022 Enjoy Argentine lutist Evangelina Mascardi's incredible (and incredibly dextrous) performance of Bach's lute partita in C minor. Aj Willingham, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 His jubilant take on the Capriccio of the second partita captures the maniacal quality in much of Bach’s most virtuosic writing. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, 7 June 2021 An example is the concluding Giga of the popular first partita. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, 7 June 2021 In the opening Toccata of the sixth partita, his tempo is slower than most, but the momentum never sags, and his playing is expressive. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, 7 June 2021 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, 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, 13 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of partita was in 1864

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“Partita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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