In ornamentation music notation, an acciaccatura is another term for a grace note. The word comes from the Italian word meaning "to crush".

Ac*ciac`ca*tu"ra (#), n. [It., from acciaccare to crush.] Mus.

A short grace note, one semitone below the note to which it is prefixed; -- used especially in organ music. Now used as equivalent to the short appoggiatura.


© Webster 1913.

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