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col legno tratto
Description and application of the playing technique col legno tratto
Col legno (i.e. with the wood of the bow) = the strings are struck or vibrated with the bow stick. By striking (battuto) or painting (tratto) as in this example. The struck col legno is fundamentally comparable to the vibrational excitation of the pizzicato.
As a rule, the bowed note is weaker in terms of its dynamic effect than that of the pizzicato. It is therefore particularly suitable for mysterious, bizarre, crackling effects, and above all for effects of a rhythmic nature.
Table summary for the designations of the parts of an arc
The following table shows the structure of an arc for the string instruments. The individual components are listed with their names and the associated description.
|Stick||Long wooden stick|
|Hair||Covering of the pole|
|Eye||Decoration made of mother-of-pearl|
|Frog||Holding the hairs|
col legno tratto as part of the „symphonic world music“
The special way of playing col legno tratto should always be used when the exact intonation is of secondary importance. If the overall character of the sentence should sound unclear and blurred. Such as after a crescendi before a morendo or after a climax.
Key data on the special variety col legno tratto
- Italian: col legno tratto
Deutsch: mit dem Holz geschlagen
- The back of the bow strikes the strings.
- Short, dry, percussive sounding with indistinct pitches.
- Prescribed by indication above the system.
Downloads for the col legno tratto - score by Gustav Mahler
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Note on the score with an example on the col legno tratto
Two graphics with a score excerpt follow. Excerpt from the prelude to the “First Symphony, III.Movement”. Composition by Gustav Mahler. An example of the col legno tratto. The graphics can also be enlarged. They are Link-Sensitive [Clickable].