Definition of Pizzicato

1. Noun. A note or passage that is played pizzicato.

Generic synonyms: Music

2. Adjective. (of instruments in the violin family) to be plucked with the finger.
Similar to: Plucked

3. Adverb. With a light plucking staccato sound.
Category relationships: Music

Definition of Pizzicato

1. Adverb. (music) An instruction to players of stringed instruments to pluck the strings instead of using the bow. Abbreviation: pizz. ¹

2. Noun. (music) A stretch of music that is played pizzicato ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pizzicato

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pizzicato

pizzazz
pizzazzes
pizzazzy
pizze
pizzella
pizzelle
pizzelles
pizzeria
pizzerias
pizzetta
pizzettas
pizzette
pizzettes
pizzica
pizzicati
pizzicato (current term)
pizzicatos
pizzle rot
pizzles
pièce d'occasion
pièce montée
pièces d'occasion
pièces de résistance
pj's
pkV
pkat
pkg
pla

Literary usage of Pizzicato

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Technique of the Modern Orchestra: A Manual of Practical Instrumentation by Charles Marie Widor (1906)
"pizzicato. 9.— The shorter the string the drier the tone; what is the upper limit for pizzicato playing on the Cello? No definite answer can be given, ..."

2. Violin Playing as I Teach it by Leopold Auer (1921)
"pizzicato The pizzicato, or "pinching" of the strings, that is to say ... The right-hand pizzicato is produced by the first finger of the right hand, ..."

3. The Orchestra and how to Write for it: A Practical Guide to Every Branch and by Frederick Corder (1896)
"In Gavottes and such like pieces of the present day it has been an almost invariable rule to make the principal theme played first pizzicato and then arco. ..."

4. Violin Teaching and Violin Study: Rules and Hints for Teachers and Students by Eugene Gruenberg (1919)
"(11) The pizzicato. (a) With the right hand. The pizzicato is produced by means of plucking the strings in a style usual with the harp or guitar. ..."

5. How to Appreciate Music by Gustav Kobbé (1906)
"The plucking of the strings with the fingers—pizzicato—is a familiar device. Tschaikowski employed it almost throughout an entire movement, the "pizzicato ..."

6. The royal phraseological English-French, French-English dictionary by John Charles Tarver (1853)
"pizzicato, ». m. (t. de musique en parlant du ... Jouer pizzicato, to play pizzicato, as on the harp. PLACARD, sm Il ya des placards partout, ..."

7. Encyclopædia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Francis Lieber, Edward Wigglesworth, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford, Henry Vethake (1851)
"pizzicato,'or Pizz. (Italian)] an expression particularly applicable to violin music, and implying that the movement, or the passage over which it is ..."

8. The Technique of the Modern Orchestra: A Manual of Practical Instrumentation by Charles Marie Widor (1906)
"pizzicato. 9.— The shorter the string the drier the tone; what is the upper limit for pizzicato playing on the Cello? No definite answer can be given, ..."

9. Violin Playing as I Teach it by Leopold Auer (1921)
"pizzicato The pizzicato, or "pinching" of the strings, that is to say ... The right-hand pizzicato is produced by the first finger of the right hand, ..."

10. The Orchestra and how to Write for it: A Practical Guide to Every Branch and by Frederick Corder (1896)
"In Gavottes and such like pieces of the present day it has been an almost invariable rule to make the principal theme played first pizzicato and then arco. ..."

11. Violin Teaching and Violin Study: Rules and Hints for Teachers and Students by Eugene Gruenberg (1919)
"(11) The pizzicato. (a) With the right hand. The pizzicato is produced by means of plucking the strings in a style usual with the harp or guitar. ..."

12. How to Appreciate Music by Gustav Kobbé (1906)
"The plucking of the strings with the fingers—pizzicato—is a familiar device. Tschaikowski employed it almost throughout an entire movement, the "pizzicato ..."

13. The royal phraseological English-French, French-English dictionary by John Charles Tarver (1853)
"pizzicato, ». m. (t. de musique en parlant du ... Jouer pizzicato, to play pizzicato, as on the harp. PLACARD, sm Il ya des placards partout, ..."

14. Encyclopædia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Francis Lieber, Edward Wigglesworth, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford, Henry Vethake (1851)
"pizzicato,'or Pizz. (Italian)] an expression particularly applicable to violin music, and implying that the movement, or the passage over which it is ..."

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