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martellato

[mahr-tl-ah-toh; Italian mahr-tel-lah-taw]
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adjective
  1. (of notes or chords in a musical score) heavily accented and detached.

Origin of martellato

1875–80; < Italian: hammered, past participle of martellare. See martel, -ate1
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Examples from the Web for martellato

Historical Examples

  • Delsarte had a marked prejudice in favor of the martellato, which partakes of both.

    Delsarte System of Oratory

    Various

  • The martellato, a nuance of spiccato, should be played with a firm bowing at the point.

    Violin Mastery

    Frederick H. Martens


British Dictionary definitions for martellato

martellato

martellando

noun
  1. (in string playing) the practice of bowing the string with a succession of short sharp blows

Word Origin

Italian: hammered
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