[tuh-kah-tuh; Italian tawk-kah-tah]
- 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
1715–25; < Italian: “touched,” feminine past participle of toccare touch
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Examples from the Web for 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
C18: from Italian, literally: touched, from toccare to play (an instrument), touch
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper