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attacca

Line breaks: at¦tacca
Pronunciation: /əˈtakə
 
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Definition of attacca in English:

verb

[in imperative]
A musical instruction used to indicate that the next section should follow without a pause.
Example sentences
  • Pieces that belong to the same group are played attacca and form distinct musical entities based on their relation to each other.
  • In his talk about Concerto No 2, he tells us that attacca joins to next movements are a great way to stop the audiences coughing ‘to prove to themselves that they are still alive’!
  • I heard not a few gasps of shock from the audience as the pianist moved from near silence in lento to a sudden ferocity in attacca.

Origin

Italian, literally 'attack'.

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