Definition and background:
A musical directive for the performer to begin the next movement (or section) of a composition immediately and without pause. This is common in classical literature as well as Broadway show music. Attacca subito can also be used, with subito meaning suddenly or quickly. The terms are interchangeable. attack, or go on; i.e., at the end of a movement, a direction to begin (attack) the next movement immediately, without a gap or pause
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