+/arco

On a stringed bow instrument it is possible to play simultaneously pizzicato and arco (symbol to be used is +/arco). The most convenient is performing it with the open string. In the chamber-orchestra piece On the Guarding of the Heart it is used in the beginning in the cello and contrabass. Here it is used together with the sul ponticello and flautando playing, creating a nasal, sitar-like sounds.

Example of +/arco. From the beginning of "On the Guarding of the Heart"

Example of +/arco. From the beginning of “On the Guarding of the Heart”

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