Definition of toccata in English:

toccata

noun

  • A musical composition for a keyboard instrument designed to exhibit the performer's touch and technique.

    • ‘It's a remastered release of a dozen vinyl LPs, including the 1955 Goldbergs, the Well - Tempered Clavier, three concertos and as many toccatas and fugues as your heart could desire.’
    • ‘It consists of a complete four-minute piece, in the form of a simple prelude or voluntary and the start - just a few bars - of a fugal Allegro in the manner of a toccata.’
    • ‘Most people will agree that J S Bach composed the greatest keyboard toccatas precisely because he, more than any composer, was master of maximal emotional intensity, countered by acute intellectual lucidity.’
    • ‘However, it is important to note that this also finds parallels in the keyboard toccatas of a number of North German composers.’
    • ‘She not only gets the steel and rhythm of the toccatas (and power without pounding), but above all she generates a wealth of color and an inexorable musical line, whether loud or soft.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Italian, feminine past participle of toccare to touch.

Pronunciation:

toccata

/təˈkɑːtə/