Definition of appoggiatura in English:


Syllabification: ap·pog·gia·tu·ra
Pronunciation: /əˌpäjəˈto͝orə

noun (plural appoggiaturas or appoggiature /-ˈto͝orā/)

A grace note performed before a note of the melody and falling on the beat.
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  • 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.


Italian, from appoggiare 'lean upon, rest'.

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