Definition of sostenuto in English:


Syllabification: sos·te·nu·to
Pronunciation: /ˌsästəˈno͞odō/


(Of a passage of music) to be played in a sustained or prolonged manner.
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  • Myaskovsky saves his grief for the Rachmaninov-like Molto sostenuto central movement, which rises twice to a searing climax.
  • There are some beautifully expressive moments in the second Andante sostenuto movement in this concerto.
  • The second finale replaces the sostenuto passage in the first finale with a ghostly toccata.

noun (plural sostenutos)

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1A passage to be played in a sustained and prolonged manner.
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  • You'll hear no catchy runs or sostenutos, no aria-like Mozart-esque musicality.
  • His darkly burnished sound in the Andante sostenuto was all warmth and violinistic molten lava.
  • The dreamy, Chopinesque poetry of the Adagio sostenuto was exquisitely molded.
1.1The performance of a passage in a sustained or prolonged manner.
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  • In poise and sostenuto, her Carmen is full not only of sexiness but somehow sex itself.
  • She ran away with the show as Liu, bringing clarity to both her deepest, most vociferous registers and to her challenging tremolos over sostenuto in the highest notes.
  • Chapter Eight is about sustaining the voice and gives exercises for developing sostenuto.


Italian, 'sustained'.

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