Definition of Acciaccatura

1. Noun. An embellishing note usually written in smaller size.

Exact synonyms: Appoggiatura, Grace Note
Generic synonyms: Musical Note, Note, Tone



Definition of Acciaccatura

1. n. A short grace note, one semitone below the note to which it is prefixed; -- used especially in organ music. Now used as equivalent to the short appoggiatura.

Definition of Acciaccatura

1. Noun. (music) A short grace note (theoretically taking no time at all), occurring on the beat occupied by the main note to which it is prefixed, one scale-step higher or lower than that main note. (Sometimes equivalent, therefore, to a short ''appoggiatura'', but in Baroque music interpreted differently and more strictly.) Written as a note lighter in appearance, typically a quaver (eighth note), with an oblique stroke through the stem. ¹

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Definition of Acciaccatura

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Medical Definition of Acciaccatura

1. A short grace note, one semitone below the note to which it is prefixed; used especially in organ music. Now used as equivalent to the short appoggiatura. Origin: It, from acciaccare to crush. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Acciaccatura

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1. The Art of Singing: Based on the Principles of the Old Italian Singing by William Shakespeare (1910)
"The double acciaccatura consists of two notes quickly sung- before an accented note, thus:- tJ The mordant is a particular form of the foreg-oing-, ..."

2. Vocalism, Its Structure and Culture from an English Standpoint by William Hammond Breare (1904)
"THE acciaccatura ""THE acciaccatura is a quick little passing * note which precedes, ... acciaccatura."

3. Key to the Questions and Exercises in Studies in Musical Graces by Ernest Fowles (1908)
"NB No reference is intended here to the acciaccatura. 14. Because the acciaccatura, in all respects save that of length, is technically similar to the ..."

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