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pizzicato

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pizzicato (of instruments in the violin family) to be plucked with the finger
    • adv pizzicato with a light plucking staccato sound
    • n pizzicato a note or passage that is played pizzicato
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pizzicato (Mus) A direction to violinists to pluck the string with the finger, instead of using the bow. (Abrev. pizz.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pizzicato In music for stringed instruments of the viol family, noting the manner of playing, or the effect produced, when the strings are plucked or twanged by the finger, as in harp-playing, instead of sounded by means of the bow. The end of a passage to be thus rendered is marked by col arco, ‘with the bow,’ or simply arco. Abbreviated pizz.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pizzicato pit-si-kä′to a phrase used in music for the violin or violoncello, to denote that here the strings are to be twitched with the fingers in the manner of a harp or guitar.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., pinched
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.,—pizzicare, to twitch.

Usage

In literature:

Just been discussing trills and pizzicatos with Lady Wray.
"Half A Chance" by Frederic S. Isham
It is said that Baillot used to hide his face when Paganini played a pizzicato with the left hand, harmonics, or a passage in staccato.
"Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday" by Henry C. Lahee
When Garry appeared the wood-fire was blazing and Caesare was plucking in nervous pizzicato at the strings of his fiddle.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
He invented the tremolo and the pizzicato, and originated the vocal duet.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore
As additional methods facilitating in some cases the transfer of stops must be named the "double touch" and the "pizzicato touch.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
Upon arriving in Rome, Bianca and Pizzicato repaired to their father's brother-in-law, who was well known as a lavish entertainer.
"Terribly Intimate Portraits" by Noël Coward
The "Pizzicato Polka" is a very good example of this type.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
The following measures are of indefinite nature, beginning piano and pizzicato as if a great body were gathering headway slowly.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
I fit on some strings that I have in mine pocket, but there is no bow and I can only play pizzicato.
"The Master's Violin" by Myrtle Reed
The pizzicato tuning of a violin is heard through the window.
"Stars of the Opera" by Mabel Wagnalls
For her the room sank into unreality and she lived in a rainbow whose colours moved and changed to the slow dignity of far-heard Pizzicato.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
At the close there are sustained open notes on the G and D strings, bowed, with double pizzicato, in sixths, above.
"Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work" by Stephen Samuel Stratton
The theme of Nature's Hymn returns pizzicato in the basses, and is answered by harp arpeggios and chords in the brass.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
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In poetry:

Strange pizzicato of distant guitars,
We had just heard the birds singing outside—
The sun pushed its way through the cracks
of the heavy curtains in the quiet room.
"The End" by Martinus Nijhoff

In news:

The grandiose Finale was masterfully realized, from the tip-toeing pizzicato strings early on, through the warmly emotive reading of the central lyric theme, to the dramatic pick-up of pace in the exciting coda.
Conductor Mark Laycock, leading a chamber orchestra of local professionals, clearly had a sense of how to work the acoustics so that even the lightest pizzicato from the double basses could be heard in the back of the hall.
Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) said Tuesday that locally owned Italian restaurateur Pizzicato Ristorante has opened at Moorestown Mall, in Moorestown, N.J.
The final pizzicato was an upbeat, positive, holding on to promise.
Recalling a young Joan Armatrading­ with a taste for Beach Boys-cum-Animal Collective-harmony vocals, this UK soul-folk singer builds a swarming chorale punctuated with bell and brass tones, snare rolls and pizzicato bass notes.
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