Benjamin Britten

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.

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Music In This Episode

Simple Symphony: Playful Pizzicato

Barber of Seville: Piano, Pianissimo

Symphony #5

Barber of Seville: Overture

Barber of Seville: Thunderstorm



Andante e Rondo



Trumpet Concerto