acciaccatura

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Italian acciaccatura, from the verb acciaccare (to crush)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US, UK) IPA(key): /ɑ.ˌtʃɑk.ə.ˈtʊɹ.ə/, /əˌtʃækəˈtʊəɹə/

Noun[edit]

acciaccatura (plural acciaccaturas or acciaccature)

  1. (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.