Definition of partita in English:



  • A suite, typically for a solo instrument or chamber ensemble.

    ‘unaccompanied violin partitas’
    • ‘Contestants could choose part of a Bach solo sonata or a partita.’
    • ‘The solo violin works alternate partitas and sonatas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These six works, written in a year, are in a direct line from Bach's solo violin sonatas and partitas.’


Late 19th century: from Italian, literally ‘divided off’, feminine past participle of partire.