Definitions

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  • n. A rapid alternation of two notes on two strings of a violin etc

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a cadenza or series of cadenzas in an instrumental piece; sometimes, more specifically, in music for stringed instruments, a rapid passage to be played chiefly on the open strings, without the aid of stopping.

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Examples

  • Westhoff incorporated techniques like bariolage, a fast alternation between static and changing notes, which Bach also used to create contrapuntal textures.

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  • Westhoff was a master at handling bariolage, a technique that requires the violinist to play all four strings at once.

    Features from Minnesota Public Radio

  • After a properly "symphonic" preparation by Sanders, Nadien makes ardent sense of Vieuxtemps delicately melodic figures and their concomitant trills and bariolage requirements.

    Audiophile Audition Headlines

  • Brian said that the bariolage triplets at [9] "remind me of being in Kansas; I think of this as a hoedown," he said.

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  • "'We're back in D-minor. The same chord that Brahms uses in the introductory theme of his first piano concerto. The 'Chaconne' radiates throughout all of classical music. We're approaching bar two twenty-nine, where it modulates into bariolage; Bach seesaws between the open A-string and changing notes on the D-string. The music mourns but, at the same time, is filled with vitality.'"
    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter H√łeg.

    March 19, 2008