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appoggiatura

Line breaks: ap¦pog¦gia|tura
Pronunciation: /əˌpɒdʒəˈtjʊərə
 
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Definition of appoggiatura in English:

noun (plural appoggiaturas or appoggiature)

Music
A grace note which delays the next note of the melody, taking half or more of its written time value.
Example sentences
  • For example, if the appoggiatura is written as an eighth-note, then the appoggiatura should take an eighth-note value from the main note.
  • In his effort to successfully attain variation of material, as well as timbre imitation, he employs a wide variety of ornaments such as mordents, trills, broken chords and appoggiaturas.
  • Later developments included the adoption of standard signs for such frequently used ornaments as appoggiaturas, mordents, slides, trills, or turns.

Origin

Italian, from appoggiare 'lean upon, rest'.

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