One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural partitas, Plural partiteMusic
A suite, typically for a solo instrument or chamber ensemble.‘unaccompanied violin partitas’
- ‘These six works, written in a year, are in a direct line from Bach's solo violin sonatas and partitas.’
- ‘The recording was inspired by the research of Helga Thoene, a musicologist who argues that Bach alluded to chorales in the Chaconne from the second partita for solo violin.’
- ‘With the cello suites and the solo violin sonatas and partitas, they form a triptych of Bach at his most concentrated and intimate.’
- ‘The solo violin works alternate partitas and sonatas.’
- ‘Contestants could choose part of a Bach solo sonata or a partita.’
Late 19th century: from Italian, literally ‘divided off’, feminine past participle of partire.
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