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martellato

[ mahr-tl-ah-toh; Italian mahr-tel-lah-taw ]
/ ˌmɑr tlˈɑ toʊ; Italian ˌmɑr tɛlˈlɑ tɔ /
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adjective

(of notes or chords in a musical score) heavily accented and detached.

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Origin of martellato

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

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

    Violin Mastery|Frederick H. Martens
  • Delsarte had a marked prejudice in favor of the martellato, which partakes of both.

British Dictionary definitions for martellato

martellato

martellando

/ (ˌmɑːtəˈlɑːtəʊ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for martellato

Italian: hammered
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