Notes on Music
6:02 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Bagatelle

In Italian the word “bagatta” literally means “a little possession”, a trifle, or something of little value. 

Thus in music a bagatelle, although charming and captivating, refers to a short, light composition of little consequence, especially for piano.  It’s interesting that a “bagatelle” also refers to a game played on an oblong table with a cue and balls, much like billiards or pool.

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