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Notes on Music
Wed February 27, 2013
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.