appoggiatura(redirected from appoggiatures)
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appoggiatura (left) connected by a slur to a G note (right)
An embellishing note, usually one step above or below the note it precedes and indicated by a small note or special sign.
n, pl -ras or -re (-rɛ)
(Classical Music) music an ornament consisting of a nonharmonic note (short or long) preceding a harmonic one either before or on the stress. See also acciaccatura2
[C18: from Italian, literally: a propping, from appoggiare to prop, support]
ap•pog•gia•tu•ra(əˌpɒdʒ əˈtʊər ə, -ˈtyʊər ə)
n., pl. -ras.
an embellishing note falling on the beat and resolving to a main melodic note.
[1745–55; < Italian: act of propping]