from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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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  • noun music A rapid alternation of two notes on two strings of a violin etc


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  • 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.

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

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  • 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 Høeg.

    March 19, 2008