pizzicato(redirected from pizzicatoly)
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pizzicato(pĭt'səkä`tō), in music, the technique of plucking the strings of an instrument that is usually bowed. Directions for playing pizzicato are found in early 17th-century music. Paganini introduced left-hand pizzicato, making it possible to play bowed tones and pizzicato tones simultaneously or in alternation.
(1) The method of producing sound on a bowed stringed instrument by plucking the strings.
(2) An instrumental piece, the performance of which is based on the above method.
1. (in music for the violin family) to be plucked with the finger
2. the style or technique of playing a normally bowed stringed instrument in this manner