acciaccatura definition

  • noun:
    • Music An ornament remember that is the one half-step or one whole step below a principal note and is sounded at exactly the same time as principal note, incorporating dissonance to a harmony.
    • A short sophistication note (in theory taking no time at all), occurring in the beat occupied because of the primary note to which it really is prefixed, one scale-step higher or less than that primary note. (Occasionally comparable, therefore, to a short appoggiatura, but in Baroque music interpreted in a different way and much more strictly.) Written as a note lighter in features, typically a quaver (eighth note), with an oblique stroke through the stem.
    • A short sophistication note, one semitone below the note to which it is prefixed; -- used particularly in organ music. Now utilized as equal to the brief appoggiatura.
    • In music: A grace-note one half step below a principal note, hit simultaneously aided by the main note and straight away left, even though the latter is held.
    • more often, a brief appoggiatura. See appoggiatura.
    • an embellishing note generally printed in smaller size

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