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FossMaNo1

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Marcatto, spicatto, and all that stuff...
« on: February 10, 2012, 03:31:20 PM »
So, as not a string player myself, I wonder how often string notation is necessary.  Is it possible to over-notate?  For example, if you have a phrase in the viola/cello/bass that is simply an ostinato of sixteenths/eighths at a quick tempo, is marking the phrase marcatto necessary or will it be automatically understood by the players?

Also, what is the exit text for such techniques:  arco?
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Re: Marcatto, spicatto, and all that stuff...
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 04:04:10 PM »
An ostinato of 16th or 8th notes will, in most cases, be played with separate bow strokes, thus giving a slight marcatto effect. If you want it more marked than that, then indicate it with articulations. You don't need an exit text.
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Re: Marcatto, spicatto, and all that stuff...
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 04:23:13 PM »
Thanks!
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Re: Marcatto, spicatto, and all that stuff...
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 06:01:44 PM »
yes if you write specifically "marcatto" the effect will be much more pronounced as the player will ADD to the already somewhat "marked" playing.

you would only need a "exit text" as you call it if for example the exact same pattern were repeating with a different articulation.

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