Bowing


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Bowing

 

in music, the elicitation of sounds from a stringed instrument by means of a bow. Sounds may be produced by a variety of techniques, including détaché, in which the bow is moved alternately up and down to produce staccato sounds, and legato, in which a series of uninterrupted sounds are produced by a continuous movement of the bow. Bowing technique imparts a different character to the sound. The technique to be used is indicated by the composer, or the player himself applies the bowing appropriate to the phrasing of the piece. [The Russian term for bowing—shtrikhi—is used broadly to refer to the production of sound on bowed stringed instruments, wind and percussion instruments, and the piano; in this wider sense it is roughly equivalent to “execution.”]

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There was the honest cockrobin, the favorite game of stripling sportsmen, with its loud querulous note; and the twittering blackbirds flying in sable clouds, and the golden- winged woodpecker with his crimson crest, his broad black gorget, and splendid plumage; and the cedar-bird, with its red tipt wings and yellow-tipt tail and its little monteiro cap of feathers; and the blue jay, that noisy coxcomb, in his gay light blue coat and white underclothes, screaming and chattering, nodding and bobbing and bowing, and pretending to be on good terms with every songster of the grove.
My captain, you must have ere this perceived, respected sir --said the imperturbable godly-looking Bunger, slightly bowing to Ahab -- is apt to be facetious at times; he spins us many clever things of that sort.
His body shakes and throbs like a runaway steam engine, and the ear cannot follow the flying showers of notes--there is a pale blue mist where you look to see his bowing arm.
I beg pardon, ma'am," said Haley, bowing slightly, with a still lowering brow; "but still I say, as I said before, this yer's a sing'lar report.
He was now doing what he had been doing every day for twenty years up there -- bowing his body ceaselessly and rapidly almost to his feet.
As the barkeeper climbed along up, bowing and smiling to everybody, and at last got to the platform, these tents were jerked up aloft all of a sudden, and we saw four noble thrones of gold, all caked with jewels, and in the two middle ones sat old white-whiskered men, and in the two others a couple of the most glorious and gaudy giants, with platter halos and beautiful armor.
About the time that Wilson was bowing the committee out, Pembroke Howard was entering the next house to report.