noun, plural toc·ca·tas, toc·ca·te [tuh-kah-tee; Italian tawk-kah-te] /təˈkɑ ti; Italian tɔkˈkɑ tɛ/. Music.
Origin of toccata
Examples from the Web for toccata
Toccata—a brilliant composition for piano or organ, usually characterized by much rapid staccato playing.Music Notation and Terminology|Karl W. Gehrkens
The toccata contains three movements—allegro moderato, allegro, adagio.Bach|Charles Francis Abdy Williams
But in Bach's hands the toccata becomes one of the noblest and most plastic of forms.
I wish you would send me Handel's six fugues and the toccata and fugues by Eberlin.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)|Otto Jahn
I have no doubt that the Toccata by Chaminade, which I do not know, is written on similar lines.Piano Playing|Josef Hofmann
British Dictionary definitions for toccata
Word Origin for toccata
Word Origin and History for toccata
1724, from Italian toccata, from toccare "to touch." A composition for keyboard instrument, intended to exhibit the touch and technique of the performer, and having the air of an improvisation.