Toccata
by
Henry Purcell
for piano

Style:
Baroque
Instrumentation:
Piano
Skill:
Intermediate
Key signature:
A major
Date Added:
2022-05-06
Description:
The term toccata first came into use in the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was used to describe a musical form typically associated with keyboard instruments (like the harpsichord and organ) and plucked string instruments (like the lute). The music featured virtuosic passages of rapid melodic runs designed to emphasize the dexterity of the performer's fingers (the title is derived from the Italian toccare meaning "to touch"). Exponents of the form included Dieterich Buxtehude, Alessandro Scarlatti, Johann Pachelbel, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

This particular toccata by the English composer Purcell features interesting tempo variations and dynamic contrast in volume. There is a pleasing arpeggio section from bars 4-7. There are also contrasting sections of staccato and legato. The tempo is marked as Con spirito and the duration lasts around 2 minutes.

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