Adjective "pizzicato" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(often as a direction) plucking the strings of a violin or other stringed instrument with one's finger.


    Performed pizzicato.
    1. 'The first movement's imitations came alive and the pizzicato second movement was coloured with delicate charm.'
    2. 'The song was difficult to perform, with complicated pizzicato parts and arpeggios, requiring swift and flexible movements.'
    3. 'The slow movement ‘Aria,’ finely adumbrated by pizzicato bass at the scherzo's end, is a grave conversation among the string sections and their principals.'


    The technique of playing pizzicato.
    1. 'The orchestration is again brilliant, with particularly effective use of trumpets, pizzicato, string moto perpetuo, harp, and glockenspiel.'
    2. 'His playing is as imaginative and unpredictable as the source texts, flitting from bowed lyricism to mysterious pizzicato to downright scary scraping.'
    3. 'These elements were even more evocatively combined in the especially atmospheric penultimate song, ‘After a hundred years’, where the mellifluous voice was enveloped by the piano's sustained octaves and fifths and string pizzicati.'
    4. 'Their willingness to instill the piece with spirit is the great strength of the performance, though it sometimes leads them to overpluck the pizzicato of the second movement.'
    5. 'A whirlwind of a third movement, with its Bartók pizzicati, brought something of the sound world of the last movement of the Barber Violin Concerto.'


    1. played by plucking the strings with the finger instead of using the bow, as on a violin. noun, plural pizzicati[pit-si-kah-tee; Italian peet-tsee-kah-tee]/ˌpɪt sɪˈkɑ ti; Italian ˌpit tsiˈkɑ ti/

    2. a note or passage so played.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "strings can be pizzicato."

    "violas can be pizzicato."

    "rhythms can be pizzicato."

    "playings can be pizzicato."

    "movements can be pizzicato."

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    Italian, literally ‘pinched, twitched’, past participle of pizzicare, based on pizza ‘point, edge’.