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Definition of the noun spiccato

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noun - plural: spiccatos

  1. bowing in such a way that the bow bounces lightly off the strings
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of spiccato: spiccato bowing
    • more generic word: bowing = managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument


Spiccato is a bowing technique for string instruments in which the bow bounces lightly upon the string. The term comes from the past participle of the Italian verb spiccare, meaning "to separate".

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Google previewAn Introduction to Form and Instrumentation for the Use of Beginners in Composition (1879)

by William Alexander Barrett

are produced by marking a crescendo upon each beat which a long note is capable of being divided into, without the bow leaving the strings : — Written Played The spiccato is the shortening of the sound ...

Google previewHow to Prepare for Kreutzer (1913)

A Book for Teachers in Private Schools and Academies, as Well as the Profession in General, Giving a Thorough Analysis of Suitable Material for the First Four Grades, Including an Explanation of the Most Important Principles of Bowing, Technic and Tone Production by Edith Lynwood Winn

considering under the term spiccato is an artificial type, requiring no lateral stroke of the wrist and no doubling of each note. It is, however, a bowing which requires practice, for, to master it, one must become skilled in estimating how much ...

Google previewThe Etude (1917)

" The foundation of spring bowing and spiccato is a perfect wrist bowing. Thiacquired, it is no trick to make the stick vibrate.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

SPICCATO, spik-kā't) [Ital separated]: musical term, indicative, like Staccato (q.v.), ...

Google previewUniversity Musical Encyclopedia: University dictionary of music and musicians (1910)

To play SPICCATO. Pirani, di (Eugenio) composed the symphonic poem “ Heidelberg,” songs; played piano; pupil of Kullak Academy and Bologna Liceo Musicale; taught in Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. B. Sept. 8, 1852, Bologna; add.

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Music (2005)

Spiccato Piquiren (German) : To play spiccato Pirekuas purepecha : Indian love songs from Michoacan (Mexico) Piston preset : Buttons on a pipe organ used to change individual or sets of stops Piston ...

Google previewThe NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music (2006)

by Theodore Libbey


spiccato (from It. spiccare, "to stand out ") On string instruments, a short, off-the- string bow stroke. spinto (from It. spingere, ...

Google previewA Dictionary for the Modern Conductor (2015)

by Emily Freeman Brown

cuerda al aire; détaché; down-bow; en el punta; flautando; fliegendes Staccato; flying spiccato; frog; golpe de arco; grand détaché; hammered; hooked bow; jeté; lange bogen; lang gezogen; leere Saite; legato; L.H.; louré; marcado; marcato; ...

Google previewElson's Pocket Music Dictionary (1909)

The Important Terms Used in Music with Pronunciation and Concise Definition, Together with the Elements of Notation and a Biographical List of Over Five Hundred Noted Names in Music by Louis Charles Elson

Spiccato (It.) (spek-fcd-to.) Separated, pointed, distinct, detached; in violin music it means that the notes are to be played with the point ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1916)

SPICCATO SPIDER to the slightest electric change. The right arm or left leg or right arm and left arm are immersed in a basin containing salt water and a sheet of copper, the latter connected by wires with the platinum thread lying in the ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of Music (1801)

To which is Prefixed a Familiar Introduction to the First Principles of that Science by Thomas Busby

SPICCATO. (Ital.) A word denoting that the notes over which it is placed are to be performed in a distinct and pointed manner. See Staccato.. SPINET. (From the Latin) A stringed instrument sormerly much in use, someth similar to the ...

Google previewAn Encyclopædia, or Dictionary of Music ... With upwards of two hundred engraved examples, the whole compiled from the most celebrated foreign and English authorities, interspersed with observations critical and explanatory (1825)

by John Feltham DANNELEY

SPHECISMOS, the name of a nome for the flute among the ancient Greeks, SPICCATO, detached. See Staccato. SOUFLETS, bellows of an organ. SPINET, SPINETTO, or COUCHED HARP, an ancient species of clavier or keyed instrument, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Mancuniensis (1815)

Or, The New School of Arts, Science, and Manufactures; Being an Elementary Circle of the Sciences, and General Display of Useful Knowledge; Designed as a Familiar Introduction to Natural Philosophy, Chemistry Etc

with a low voice or 10the Slentando, slackening the time Smorzando, smother the sounds Soare, sweetiy Solo, one instrument or one voice only Spiccato, detach the sounds T - Tacet, to be silent; as Flauto Tacet, without the flute Tasto Solo, ...

Google previewMini Music Guides: Dictionary of Music (2013)

All the Essential Terms, Composers, and Theory in an Easy-to-Follow Format! by L. C. Harnsberger

spiccato (It., speek-KAH-toh): See sautillé.

Google previewMusic Dictionary (2008)

Paperback Lessons by Hal Leonard Corp.

spiccato (It., ...

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Spiccato Meaning

Video shows what spiccato means. detached, separated, with every note performed in a distinct and pointed manner. Spiccato Meaning. How to pronounce ...

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Scrabble value of S1P3I1C3C3A1T1O1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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