Toccata meaning

tə-kä'tə
A virtuoso composition, usually for the organ or another keyboard instrument, in free style with brilliant passagework.
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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.
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(music) A piece of music (usually for a keyboard instrument) designed to emphasise the dexterity of the performer.
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Origin of toccata

  • Italian from feminine past participle of toccare to touch from Vulgar Latin toccāre
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Italian toccata.
    From Wiktionary