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spiccato

[spi-kah-toh; Italian speek-kah-taw]
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adjective
  1. (of violin music) performed with short, abrupt, rebounding motions of the bow.

Origin of spiccato

1840–50; < Italian, equivalent to spicc- (stem of spiccare to detach) + -ato < Latin -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for spiccato

Historical Examples

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

    Violin Mastery

    Frederick H. Martens

  • Spiccato is generally held to be more difficult than staccato; yet I myself find it easier.

    Violin Mastery

    Frederick H. Martens


British Dictionary definitions for spiccato

spiccato

noun
  1. a style of playing a bowed stringed instrument in which the bow bounces lightly off the strings
adjective, adverb
  1. to be played in this manner

Word Origin

Italian: detached, from spiccare to make distinct
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