toccate

toccata

[tuh-kah-tuh; Italian tawk-kah-tah]
noun, plural toccatas, toccate [tuh-kah-tee; Italian tawk-kah-te] . Music.
a composition in the style of an improvisation, for the piano, organ, or other keyboard instrument, intended to exhibit the player's technique.

Origin:
1715–25; < Italian: literally, touched, past participle feminine of toccare to touch

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

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toccata
1724, from It., 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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