stile concitato


sti·​le con·​ci·​ta·​to ˈstē-lā-ˌkȯn-chē-ˈtä-tō How to pronounce stile concitato (audio)
: the use of string tremolos and rapidly repeated vocal notes especially to signify anger or battle in Italian music of the 17th century
In pursuit of a stile concitato Monteverdi invented the string tremolo, in which the bow rapidly repeats the same note …Jan Swafford, The Vintage Guide to Classical Music, 1992

Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stile concitato was in 1914

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“Stile concitato.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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