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(Ger. Anschlag).

1 Applied to kbd. instr., the weight required to bring keys into effect. Applied to performers it means the manner of pressing or striking the keys and is one of the most subtle and indefinable facets of the art of pf.‐playing.

2 (Old Eng.). Sound. Also used in 16th and 17th cents. to mean toccata, e.g. a touch by Byrd.

Subjects: Music.


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