American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music An embellishing note, usually one step above or below the note it precedes and indicated by a small note or special sign.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a small additional note of embellishment, preceding the note with which it is connected, and taking away from that note a portion of its time. It is of two kinds: short, which is played as quickly as possible, and long, which is given its proper length, the principal note being shortened accordingly. The long appoggiatura was especially used by earlier pianoforte composers to avoid the display of passing notes and suspensions. See
acciaccatura. Sometimes spelled apogiatura.
- n. A type of musical ornament, falling on the beat, which often creates a suspension and subtracts for itself half the time value of the principal note which follows.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A passing tone preceding an essential tone, and borrowing the time it occupies from that; a short auxiliary or grace note one degree above or below the principal note unless it be of the same harmony; -- generally indicated by a note of smaller size, as in the illustration above. It forms no essential part of the harmony.
- n. an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
- Borrowed from Italian appoggiatura, derived from appoggiare ("to lean"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from appoggiato, past participle of appoggiare, to lean on, from Vulgar Latin *appodiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin podium, support (from Greek podion, base, from pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The appoggiatura was formerly classified into _long appoggiatura_ and _short appoggiatura_, but modern writers seem to consider the term "short appoggiatura" to be synonymous with acciaccatura , and to avoid confusion the word _acciaccatura_ will be used in this sense, and defined under its own heading.”
“Participants identified 20 tear-triggering passages, and when Dr. Sloboda analyzed their properties, a trend emerged: 18 contained a musical device called an "appoggiatura.”
“An appoggiatura is a type of ornamental note that clashes with the melody just enough to create a dissonant sound.”
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“The turns of music consist of the appoggiatura which is the principal note, or that on which the turn is made, together with the note above and the semi-tone below, the note above being sounded first, the principal note next and the semi-tone below, last, the three being performed sticatoly, or very quickly.”
“Lors des championnats les plus récents, les mots qui ont permis aux gagnants de remporter la victoire ont été pococurante, autochthonous, appoggiatura, ursprache, serrefine, guerdon et Laodicean.”
“The winning words in recent competitions have included: pococurante; autochthonous; appoggiatura; ursprache; serrefine; guerdon; Laodicean.”
“It's called an appoggiatura. (though I've seen it written with only one "g") appoggiatura n.”
“On the word "Virgo," the altos sing a dissonant appoggiatura G-sharp.”
“The California eighth grader won in the 19th round by correctly spelling the word appoggiatura.”
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