from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A virtuoso composition, usually for the organ or another keyboard instrument, in free style with brilliant passagework.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of music (usually for a keyboard instrument) designed to emphasise the dexterity of the performer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old form of piece for the organ or harpsichord, somewhat in the free and brilliant style of the prelude, fantasia, or capriccio.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a baroque musical composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) with full chords and rapid elaborate runs in a rhythmically free style
Elliott Carter's rippling toccata "Catenaires," composed in 2006 when he was in his late 90s he recently celebrated his 102nd birthday, formed a pleasing diptych with the Ligeti and had in pianist Audrey Andrist a performer just as technically daring.
A scrunchy havoc of whip, sleigh bells, saxophones, bass guitar, as well as the full forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Nibelung note of a household hammer for good measure, bashed, danced and whirled through this 15-minute non-stop toccata.
September 28, 2009 at 10:34 am wud yu laik a nys glas uv toccata wif teh katchatorry an?
Like playing a complicated piano toccata, she thought, every note held, then released just so.
(Soundbite of music) HANSEN: Rolf Lislevand playing a toccata by Alessandro Picinnini on the theorbo here in Studio 4A.
And toccata was probably also a improvised form which became a composition form later.
So hold the holy water and stifle the Mephistophelian pipe-organ toccata: Nestlé is using its corporate clout for good, not...evil.
Critics praised Fantasia's toccata-and-fugue sequence as reminiscent of Kandinsky and Miro.
The toccata worked fine, but for the life of him he couldn't figure out how to get from the end of the adagio to the scherzo.
Then have the second violins and the basses pick it up before segueing into the neat little toccata for brass he'd put together.