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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.
Britten: Simple Symphony: Playful Pizzicato
Rossini: Barber of Seville: Piano, Pianissimo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5
Rossini: Barber of Seville: Overture
Rossini: Barber of Seville: Thunderstorm
Weber: Andante e Rondo
Hummel: Trumpet Concerto
1. What is the Italian word for soft?
2.What does crescendo mean?
3. What word tells you to play short, sharp notes?
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