Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, begin! a direction to proceed with a succeeding movement immediately, without pause.
This word comes from the Italian 'attaccare,' to tie.
“He likes to perform it, attacca, without pause, after the similarly ubiquitous Pavane pour une infante defunte, so that the breathless snare drum rhythm creeps in almost before you notice it is there.”
“Rattle got right to it, giving the other movements the attacca treatment, including Ulricht, sung with disarming clarity by the Argentinian mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink.”