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Chiamata

Peter Downey and Edward H. Tarr

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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A term indicating a monophonic trumpet or horn call, or a homophonous imitation of the same on other instruments, normally strings. The chiamata was apparently introduced shortly before 1600 as a prefatory piece to a newly developed series of military trumpet calls known as ‘alarm’ signals. In the course of the 17th century it came to supersede the military toccata, which had performed a similar function for an older body of military calls. The chiamata

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Subjects: Music

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