Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tremolo section of a piece

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as tremando.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, in a tremulous manner; in a manner characterized by a tremolo. Also tremando.

Etymologies

From Italian tremolando (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We read daily that it is reprehensible in this or that singer to indulge in this vibration, while in reality it is the tremolando which is blamed.

    Sixty Years of California Song

  • Acoustic novelties include players placing coins on strings to create an ethereal tremolando.

    Thomas Larcher: Madhares

  • The captain looked at his mandolin as though he was blaming it for something, 'I was only practising tremolando scales.'

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • Playing with the bow close to the bridge (sul ponticello), chiefly used tremolando, produces a metallic sound; playing on the finger-board (sul tasto, flautando) creates a dull, veiled effect.

    Principles of orchestration

  • These two instruments can execute rapid tremolando without difficulty.

    Principles of orchestration

  • As a rule harmonics are employed on sustained notes, tremolando, or here and there for brilliant effects; they are rarely used in extremely simple melodies.

    Principles of orchestration

  • In tremolando they can execute the most gradual crescendo, diminuendo, the sfp and morendo.

    Principles of orchestration

  • Higher notes given in Table A, should only be used with caution, that is to say when they are of long value, in tremolando, slow, flowing melodies, in not too rapid sequence of scales, and in passages of repeated notes.

    Principles of orchestration

  • It is not wholly theatre music: that passage in the bass, galloping up and down the scale against a tremolando accompaniment, is in itself fine music; even Hunding's rough cow-horn makes a musical effect.

    Richard Wagner

  • With its gently rocking motion and the tremolando in the bass it is as beautiful in its way as the opening scene, already discussed, of the second Act of _Tristan_ -- the picture of the brook running through the darkness from the fountain in King Mark's castle garden.

    Richard Wagner Composer of Operas

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