a composition in free style for the organ, piano, etc., generally characterized by the use of full chords and running passages and often used as the prelude of a fugue
Origin of toccataIt, origin, originally feminine of past participle of toccare ; from VL, to touch
A virtuoso composition, usually for the organ or another keyboard instrument, in free style with brilliant passagework.
Origin of toccataItalian, from feminine past participle of toccare, to touch, from Vulgar Latin *toccare.
From Italian toccata.