Entry from British & World English dictionary
(Especially as a direction) played on a violin or other stringed instrument using the bow. Often contrasted with pizzicato.
- For example, in the A-minor concerto, the contrasting use of pizzicato versus arco with the same thematic material is a happy surprise, guaranteed to raise a smile.
- Carter's cello lends the proceedings an intimate chamber jazz feel, and his arco double stops bridge the gap between chordal and melody instrument.
- Parker's role is less audible and less clearly defined; even though he is active throughout, alternating between arco and pizzicato bass.
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