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appoggiatura

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Etymology

Borrowed from Italian appoggiatura, derived from appoggiare, meaning “to lean.”

Pronunciation

  • SAMPA: /@.pO.dZ@."tur.@/
  • IPA: /ə.pɔ.dʒə.'tʊɹ.ə/

Noun

appoggiatura

  1. A melodically important musical ornament, sounded on the beat, preceding a main note (which it is one scale-step higher or lower than) and normally subtracting for itself half of the time value of that main note; written as a note of smaller size like the acciaccatura, but without the semi-oblique stroke.
    "The following Adagietto was like a long, melting appoggiatura composed of smaller dying falls and languid resolutions." — New York Times, March 2, 1992

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