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appoggiatura (left) connected by a slur to a G note (right)


n. Music
An embellishing note, usually one step above or below the note it precedes and indicated by a small note or special sign.

[Italian, from appoggiato, past participle of appoggiare, to lean on, from Vulgar Latin *appodiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin podium, support (from Greek podion, base, from pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots).]
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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]
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(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]
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Noun1.appoggiatura - an embellishing note usually written in smaller sizeappoggiatura - an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
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[əˌpɒdʒəˈtʊərə] N (appoggiaturas, appoggiature (pl)) [əˌpɒdʒəˈtʊəre]apoyatura f
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Beverly Jerold takes up the specific question of the appoggiatura. After considering instruction from treatises by Giuseppe Tartini, Geminiani, and Johann Joachim Quantz, Jerold ultimately concludes that most of the appoggiaturas in Scarlatti's music should be performed as short ornaments, with the appoggiatura lunga reserved for those notated in regular notes or with smaller notes of longer value.
"Sally's Suicide" is a more subdued setting of a heartbreaking "depiction of a friend undone by life's cruel strokes." The metaphoric sea anemone of the poem, anchored but vulnerable, is buffeted by the sea, which Abel has effectively drawn with a static piano part that quickly morphs into a moving line, ornamented by trills and appoggiaturas. "In Love with the Sky" is a cheerful paean to the firmament above, with the pianistic writing changing early on from sustained to busy melismatic lines, and the voice moving nimbly with the triplet figures in the middle of the song, and then arching over the busy sixteenths that dominate the rest of the song.
In contrast, tears and lumps in the throat happen during melodic appoggiaturas, or in response to harmonic or melodic sequences such as moving through the cycle of fifths to the tonic.
The melody line includes fairly dense ornamentation, incorporating ornament symbols (trills and appoggiaturas), and written-out vocal flourishes.
When Zerlina finally yields her heart--and, after a series of sighing chromatic appoggiaturas, we hear the exact moment when she does--the two pause and begin a new, shared song that they harmonize simultaneously.
At this point the symmetry is truly significant, due to the semi-tonal dissonance on the pedal and because both chords function as almost multiple appoggiaturas in order to reach another kind of seventh chord, this time on the second degree (respectively A for G and D for C).
Specifically, gesture information is used to model expressive articulations such as legatos, appoggiaturas, glissandi, and vibratos.
Most highlights came from the soloists, especially counter tenor William Purefoy, who embellished da capo repeats in appropriate Baroque fashion and exploited the expressive power of appoggiaturas to marvellous effect.
In his one aria, "Dalla sua pace," he adds a number of turns and appoggiaturas that seem unnecessary Virovlansky is an enticing and natural Zerlina, showing off a perfect soubrette voice for the role.
Not infrequently, manuscripts contain later manuscript annotations, appoggiaturas, corrections to the musical text, light passage-work, even cadenzas and impressive additional flourishes.
A mi me llaman el Negro (I'm Called The Negro) is written in the key of G minor and features syncopated rhythms in the right hand melody, including appoggiaturas and a mordent, with a steady accompaniment in the left hand.
(21) The melodic content of a a b consists of a series of two enlarged appoggiaturas, which complement and ultimately complete the accompanying chords on the dominant: the first in the upper voice, consisting of sixteen notes; the second in the pedal voice, consisting of fourteen notes.