Definition of acciaccatura in English:



  • A grace note performed as quickly as possible before an essential note of a melody.

    • ‘Those I interpret as acciaccaturas are written as simultaneously struck full-length notes - Scarlatti often wrote them as such when they formed part of chords.’
    • ‘It is characterized by a greater licence in the use of counterpoint, and by a lavish use of passaggi and acciaccature to express the affetti of this modern music.’
    • ‘Numerous musical examples will illustrate these various applications and serve to highlight the range of the acciaccatura's sound effects.’
    • ‘In this section, the string parts are filled with acciaccaturas, whereas the brass section and the timpani are rampant and adrenaline-pumping.’
    • ‘In the third movement, Haitink's lucid communication of the music's textural contrasts made it a joy to listen to, and the violins’ cheeky acciaccaturas tinkled wholeheartedly from their instruments; the finale was brisk, with almost maniacal handfuls of semiquavers, and the trumpets were on top form.’
    • ‘Explanation, study, application and dialogues on some other kinds of systems and concepts for executing acciaccaturas.’
    • ‘To us, these were acciaccatura, appoggiatura, and mordents.’
    • ‘The prevalence of the piccolo sonority, acciaccaturas, repeated accompanimental quavers, simple tonic-dominant bassline and the use of percussion all signify alla turca.’
    • ‘The original sources maintain some distinction between the lengths of appoggiaturas: whether those notated here as acciaccaturas are in reality semiquavers is unclear (surely they must often be realized as such).’
    • ‘The purging of the sinful soul with hyssop, depicted by acciaccaturas and augmented seconds, leads into a lively, haunting dance as the broken bones of the text ` daunce awaie their sadness’.’
    • ‘The composer suggests that one of the middle notes could be taken by the nose but the acciaccatura that proceeds it would preclude this.’
    • ‘Repeated notes can sound awkward now, and the acciaccaturas of Variation 9 emerge as softened.’
    • ‘Both reflect the traditional meanings of acciaccatura and appogiatura, and both insert insert a slur from the first grace note to the main note.’
    • ‘Here one finds both appoggiatura style grace notes without the slash and acciaccatura style grace notes with the slash; clear evidence of the changes that were occurring around the mid-nineteenth century.’
    • ‘The opening melodic phrase is repeated throughout the piece, decorated sometimes by acciaccaturas, trills, or flowing semiquavers.’
    • ‘The acciaccatura is distinguished by a light diagonal line through note hook.’
    • ‘His obsessive use of acciaccaturas, trills and mordents not only reflected the Spanish and Portuguese music of 18th Century that inspired him in his sonatas, but also enhanced the excitement and glory of his music.’
    • ‘The few variations he introduced into Orfeo ed Euridice have been maintained - in practice merely a few acciaccature and appoggiature, the odd gruppetto and a short cadence at the end of ‘Cerco il mio ben così’.’
    • ‘A third, subordinate motif is stated in bare octaves answered by bird-like pianissimo acciaccaturas in the treble (precursors of Bartók's nature sounds, perhaps?’
    • ‘Recording details come to higher evidence; for instance in the piano abbellimenti it is easier to make out where the stress is placed in the acciaccature.’


Italian, from acciaccare ‘to crush’.