[sek-oh; Italian sek-kaw]
- (of notes or passages in a musical score) played and released abruptly and without resonance.
Origin of secco
1850–55; < Italian: dry; see sack3
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Examples from the Web for secco
This work is not a true fresco, but a secco—that is, it was painted on the dry wall.Great Masters in Painting: Perugino
George C. Williamson
The musical element consisted of a succession of arias and duets stitched together by a loose thread of secco recitative.Music in the History of the Western Church
In fresco painting no vehicle was used but water; in secco painting a tempera was used composed of white and yolk of egg.
Secco had an especial province of its own; all pictures, as distinguished from wall paintings, being executed in it.
"Xualla" is placed to the west of and near the headwaters of the "Secco" or Savannah River.
- wall painting done on dried plaster with tempera or pigments ground in limewaterCompare fresco
- any wall painting other than true fresco
C19: from Italian: dry, from Latin siccus
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