Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, struck with a sudden, emphatic blow: used of the tones of a melody or of successive chords that are intended to be markedly distinct and more or less staccato, especially in violin- and pianoforte-playing.
- Borrowed from Italian martellato ("hammered"), from martellare ("to hammer, throb"), from martello ("hammer"), related to Latin martulus, marculus ("small hammer"), diminutive of marcus ("hammer"). (Wiktionary)
“The _martellato_, a _nuance_ of _spiccato_, should be played with a firm bowing at the point.”
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