- a composition in the style of an improvisation, for the piano, organ, or other keyboard instrument, intended to exhibit the player's technique.
Origin of toccata
Examples from the Web for toccata
Historical Examples of toccata
But the music was not all to the tune of “A Toccata of Galuppi's.”The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
I wish you would send me Handel's six fugues and the toccata and fugues by Eberlin.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)
In the Bachgesellschaft edition the toccata is called fantasia.
The toccata is in two movements—allegro moderato and adagio.
None of their definitions seems to apply to the Toccata by Chaminade.Piano Playing
- a rapid keyboard composition for organ, harpsichord, etc, dating from the baroque period, usually in a rhythmically free style
Word Origin 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.