DrNoPuma on Jun 17th 2016 at 2:05:26 PM
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DrNoPuma on Oct 17th 2016 at 9:09:40 AM
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A subtrope of Mood Motif. Playing bowed instruments - violins, cellos, etc. - pizzicato is a popular technique that has been used in many pieces of music. However, it is usually known in fiction for creating a sinister atmosphere.
Compare ''Psycho'' Strings, a more intense variation of this trope. See also Xylophones for Walking Bones and Creepy Circus Music, which are also usually playful-in-a-dark-way in tone, and may overlap with this trope. Contrast Scare Chord, a loud, sudden burst of music.
- British reality food show Come Dine With Me has as its theme tune a low-key piece played on Creepy Pizzicato Strings. This conveys an impression of a fine dining experience involving people who pride themselves on their taste, intelligence and sophistication - with an ominous hint it has the potential to go horribly, horribly, wrong. After all, you are putting together five carefully selected people who have never met before and challenging them to host five consequetive dinner parties for each other over five nights. What could ''possibly'' go wrong?
- Miracle of Sound tends to use this in his Creepy Circus Music, along with a creepy organ and brass instruments. This works for "Joker's Song" , a Villain Song sung by one of the most horrifically cheerful villains ever, and "Call of Duty Circus", which serves as a playful Take That! to Call of Duty's players.
- St Saens' Dance of Death is introduced by pizzicato violins, a motif recurring throughout the piece. Berlioz, in the "March to the Scaffold" movement of the Symphonie Fantastique, also uses pizzicato to telling effect as the protaganist is led to the guillotine.
- The famous tune "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Peer Gynt starts out with low pizzicato strings that alternate with a bassoon. In the middle section, the pizzicato strings get higher, and nearly dominate the tune. However, the final, most frantic section of the song has the strings play normally.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Often heard in the basslines of the music for Big Boo's Haunt levels, such as "Boo Waltz" from Super Mario Galaxy and "Shifty Boo Mansion" from Super Mario 3D World.
- Pizzicato strings are a recurring instrument in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's soundtrack. They are heard almost everywhere, from the playful pause screen music to the Treacherous Mansion's music, which is meant to be much more frightening.
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