American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A technique of bowing in which the bow is made to bounce slightly from the string.
- adj. Of or employing spiccato.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, same as picchetato.
- adj. music detached; separated; with every note performed in a distinct and pointed manner
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) Detached; separated; -- a term indicating that every note is to be performed in a distinct and pointed manner.
- n. bowing in such a way that the bow bounces lightly off the strings
- Italian, past participle of spicare to detach, to separate. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, past participle of spiccare, to separate : s-, from; see sfumato + piccare, to pierce, impale (from Vulgar Latin *piccāre; see pick1). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Before the mid-1700s, the terms spiccato and staccato where used interchangably to mean notes that where separated.”
“The word spiccato comes from an Italian verb which means "to separate".”
“And now we're going to hear what's called the spiccato bowing.”
“He dazzled on the notorious trill passage in the Scherzo of the Mendelssohn Octet, but elsewhere he landed on the low side of a few notes, and his spiccato remains too much in the string.”
“Though her bow-arm is fluent, she doesn't produce a natural, biting spiccato stroke, and she will sometimes push the vibrato on climactic notes rather than let the phrase bloom as an organic whole.”
“His herky-jerky bow destroyed any semblance of legato, and he could not execute a proper spiccato.”
“You actually need to shift in places from a spiccato to a d'tach-," Bodine rapidly talking a Corporate Wife of some sort across the room toward the free-lunch table piled with lobster hors d'oeuvres and capon sandwiches - "less bow, higher up you understand, soften it-then there's also about a thousand ppp-to-fff blasts, but only the one, the notorious One, going the other way. ...”
“He readied himself and then poured his heart into playing that tune -- he worked it around, swished it a few times, tried some variations, caught the fever, and finished off with a fast spiccato variation.”
“In a very broad _spiccato_, the arm may be brought into play; but otherwise not, since it makes rapid playing impossible.”
“The _martellato_, a _nuance_ of _spiccato_, should be played with a firm bowing at the point.”
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