- a pulsating effect, produced in singing by the rapid reiteration of emphasis on a tone, and on bowed instruments by a rapid change of pitch corresponding to the vocal tremolo.
Origin of vibrato
1860–65; < Italian < Latin vibrātus (past participle); see vibrate
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Examples from the Web for vibrato
For this role, Mueller, who earned a Tony nomination for her turn in On a Clear Day, ironed the vibrato out of her Broadway alto.‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Review: A Few Discordant Notes, But Damn Great Songs
January 13, 2014
It took two years to fix the vibrato, and a few more to learn stagecraft.The Pop Star Machine
April 29, 2009
If there was a trace of vibrato in her voice only Courtlandt noticed it.The Trail of Conflict
Emilie Baker Loring
Of course, some decry the vibrato—but the reason is often because the vibrato is too slow.Violin Mastery
Frederick H. Martens
There seems to be considerable confusion among singers and even writers as to the use and meaning of tremolo and vibrato.
He asserts also that vibrato is a trick invented after that day and out of place in the music of that period.
The natural law with respect to the variety in vibrato effects may be given as follows.Chats to 'Cello Students
- a slight, rapid, and regular fluctuation in the pitch of a note produced on a stringed instrument by a shaking movement of the hand stopping the strings
- an oscillatory effect produced in singing by fluctuation in breath pressure or pitch
C19: from Italian, from Latin vibrāre to vibrate
Word Origin and History for vibrato
1861, from Italian vibrato, from Latin vibratus, past participle of vibrare "to vibrate" (see vibrate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper