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Simple Symphony

Pizzicato and Other Musical Terms

Pizzicato is the Italian word for “plucked” -- it tells string players how to play their instruments at a given spot in the music. A lot of musical "traffic signals" are in Italian. This show has explanations and examples of some more of them.

For a fun description of some musical terms and expressions, check out this artwork by comic book illustrator Justin Green.

Track list:
Britten: Simple Symphony: Playful Pizzicato
Rossini: Barber of Seville: Piano, Pianissimo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5
Rossini: Barber of Seville: Overture
Rossini: Barber of Seville: Thunderstorm
Handel: Largo
Barber: Adagio
Weber: Andante e Rondo
Fiocco: Allegro
Poulenc: Presto
Hummel: Trumpet Concerto

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. What is the Italian word for soft?

Pizzicato

Adagio

Mezzo

Forte

Piano


2.What does crescendo mean?

Slowing down

Getting louder

Stop

Repeat

Joyful


3. What word tells you to play short, sharp notes?

Forte

Andante

Vivace

Staccato

Presto


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