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Marcato \Mar*ca"to\, a. [It.] (Mus.) In a marked emphatic manner; -- used adverbially as a direction.


adv. (context music English) stressed; pronounced.


Marcato (short form: Marc.) (Italian for marked) is a musical instruction indicating a note, chord, or passage is to be played louder or more forcefully than surrounding music. The instruction may involve the word marcato itself written above or below the staff or it may take the form of an accent mark, ^, an open vertical wedge. This is essentially a stressed version of the regular accent indicated by >, an open horizontal wedge: It asks for a greater dynamic accent. Like the regular accent, however, the Marcato is often interpreted to suggest a sharp attack tapering to the original dynamic, an interpretation which applies only to instruments capable of altering the dynamic level of a single sustained pitch. According to author James Mark Jordan, "the marcato sound is characterised by a rhythmic thrust followed by a decay of the sound"

In jazz big-band scores the marcato symbol usually indicates a note is to be shortened to approximately 2/3 its normal duration, and given a moderate accent.

The instruction marcato or marcatissimo (extreme marcato), among various other instructions, symbols, and expression marks may prompt a string player to use martellato bowing, depending on the musical context.

Marcato (surname)

Marcato is an Italian surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Andrea Marcato (born 1983), Italian rugby union player
  • Marco Marcato (born 1984), Italian cyclist
  • Robert Marcato (born 1983), American actor

Usage examples of "marcato".

Rosemary recalled the time, weeks before giving birth, when she had shifted tiles back and forth between steven marcato and roman CASTEVET, realizing that the neighbor who had befriended them was the son of Adrian marcato, the nineteenth-century Satanist who had lived at the Bramford.

Did they have any shirts with pictures of Adrian Marcato and his mementos of Satan?

A disciple of Aleister Crowley and Adrian Marcato, he was a genuine movie magician.

She read the chapter on Adrian Marcato and the one called Witch Practices, and then she went into the kitchen and ate some tuna salad and lettuce and tomatoes, thinking about what she had read.