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toc·ca·ta

 (tə-kä′tə)
n.
A virtuoso composition, usually for the organ or another keyboard instrument, in free style with brilliant passagework.

[Italian, from feminine past participle of toccare, to touch, from Vulgar Latin *toccāre.]
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toccata

(təˈkɑːtə)
n
(Classical Music) a rapid keyboard composition for organ, harpsichord, etc, dating from the baroque period, usually in a rhythmically free style
[C18: from Italian, literally: touched, from toccare to play (an instrument), touch]
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toc•ca•ta

(təˈkɑ tə)

n. pl. -tas, -te (-ti, -teɪ)
a composition in the style of an improvisation, for the piano, organ, or other keyboard instrument, intended to exhibit the player's technique.
[1715–25; < Italian, n. use of feminine past participle of toccare to touch]
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toccata

Keyboard work to display virtuosity.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toccata - a baroque musical composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) with full chords and rapid elaborate runs in a rhythmically free style
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
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toccata

[təˈkɑːtə] Ntocata f
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toccata

nToccata f
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Slonimsky and Mushel's colourful twentieth century toccatas (showy but fun) rounded off the concert nicely.
The style transmitted by Sweelinck shows a thorough knowledge of all the keyboard traditions of his time--the free forms (fantasias and toccatas) and improvisatory practices of the Venetians, the variations (based on both sacred and secular themes) of the English virginalists, and the imitation of the Franco Flemish and Italians--as well as his own concepts of polyphony, figuration, and structure.
Yesterday, more than 100 extra seats had to be put out, delaying the start of an ultra-populist programme featuring some of the most famous toccatas (i.e.
The study centers on keyboard preludes and toccatas, their application of Kircher's and other theorist's definitions, and how their style changed from one century to the next; it analyzes the music of Italians Frescobaldi, Merulo, and Rossi, and Froberger, Buxtehude, and other German organists.
I prefer the old man doing the slower Bach items, Stokowski displaying a marvelous sensitivity and eloquence in the gentler music, although there is no denying that the big moments in the Toccatas come across with an excitement that is quite inspiring, too.
We begin with De Macque's Intrada d'organo, a piece which strongly prefigures Frescobaldi's organ toccatas, especially those from the second book `sopra i pedali, e senza', even in minute details of its melodic figuration.
In a generous recording of almost seventy-five minutes, we have fourteen canzons, four toccatas, two sonatas and one intonazione.