toccata

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noun toc·ca·ta \tə-ˈkä-tə\

Definition of toccata

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

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Origin and Etymology of toccata

Italian, from toccare to touch, from Vulgar Latin — more at 1touch


First Known Use: circa 1724


TOCCATA Defined for English Language Learners

toccata

play
noun

Definition of toccata for English Language Learners

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


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