Toccata (It., from toccare: ‘to touch’)
- John Caldwell
A piece intended primarily as a display of manual dexterity, often free in form and almost always for a solo keyboard instrument. The toccata principle is found in many works not so called, and a large number of pieces labelled ‘toccata’ incorporate other more rigorous styles (such as fugue) or forms (such as sonata form). In the 16th and 17th centuries the term was sometimes applied to fanfare-like pieces (e.g. the opening fanfare of Monteverdi’s ...