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[tuh-kah-tuh; Italian tawk-kah-tah] /təˈkɑ tə; Italian tɔkˈkɑ tɑ/
noun, plural toccatas, toccate
[tuh-kah-tee; Italian tawk-kah-te] /təˈkɑ ti; Italian tɔkˈkɑ tɛ/ (Show IPA).
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: literally, touched, past participle feminine of toccare to touch Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for toccata


a rapid keyboard composition for organ, harpsichord, etc, dating from the baroque period, usually in a rhythmically free style
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, literally: touched, from toccare to play (an instrument), touch
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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.

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