• WordNet 3.6
    • n toccata a baroque musical composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) with full chords and rapid elaborate runs in a rhythmically free style
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Toccata (Mus) An old form of piece for the organ or harpsichord, somewhat in the free and brilliant style of the prelude fantasia, or capriccio.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n toccata In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation. Toccatas were first written early in the seventeenth century, and were then flowing and homophonic in structure. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries they have usually been intricately contrapuntal, and calculated to tax the highest virtuosity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Toccata tok-kä′tä (mus.) a work primarily intended to display the performer's touch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. toccare, to touch. See Touch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.,—toccare, to touch.


In literature:

A Toccata of Galuppi's.
"Life of Robert Browning" by William Sharp
It was Mr. Ziegler humming "The Watch on the Rhine" against the Toccata of Debussy.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
A Toccata of Galuppi's.
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
She sang an Arietta by Antonio Salieri, then she played a Toccata by Leonardo Leo, a Gavotte by Rameau, a Gigue by Sebastian Bach.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Don't forget the toccatas, fantasias, and capriccios.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
Some have read Browning's A Toccata of Galuppi's to the same tune, but at grave risk of destroying the music.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
In the same year, 1830, he composed a toccata.
"The Standard Oratorios" by George P. Upton
But in Bach's hands the toccata becomes one of the noblest and most plastic of forms.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Bach's Toccata in F given in New York City by Theodore Thomas.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe

In news:

Toccata wraps up 6th season with oldie but a goodie : Handel's 'Messia.
Toccata in c, BWV 911.
Toccata presents Mendelssohn in the Mountains with Elizbeth Pitcairn.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. Toccata-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus recently announced the initial concert series of its seventh season with Mendelssohn in the Mountains.
Toccata wraps up 6th season with oldie but a goodie: Handel's 'Messia.
Three concerts remain for TOCCATA 's summer series.
TRUCKEE, Calif — TOCCATA — Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will conclude their 2012 Tahoe Summer MusicFest with a concert series that commemorates the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.
Toccata steps in to save Mark Twain Cultural Center.
Organ Solo by guest organist Doug Wimer: "Toccata & Fugue in D minor" by J.S.
Fleck himself, a virtuoso on the banjo, was a dazzling performer, especially in the concerto 's third and final movement, where the banjo was permitted free rein in a series of intricate solos reminiscent of Baroque toccatas.
Five Versions Of That Terrifying Toccata And Fugue.
Johann Sebastian Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" is her favorite piece to play.
Toccata performs Handel 's Messiah in December.
Soprano soloist Anna Helwing performs with Toccata.
Handel 's 'Messiah' performances by TOCCATA scheduled.

In science:

Toccata. A primitive group is a transitive group without imprimitivity systems.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups