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 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. An example is the Gavotte in D major from J. S. Bach (Suzuki Book Volume 3) page 19, Bar 39.