Definition of glissando in English:


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Pronunciation: /glɪˈsandəʊ

noun (plural glissandi /-di/ or glissandos)

  • A continuous slide upwards or downwards between two notes.
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    • The initial ‘Meditation’ is very troubled, with hectic glissandos and fitful ostinatos.
    • The vast array of techniques explored in the 20th century, the lead often taken by jazz musicians, included a wide variety of glissandos, multiphonics, microtones, expressive attacks, and mutes.
    • Within these prohibitive technical limitations, the performer is asked to make rapid scalic runs and, in one place, semiquaver leaps, and the piece ends with a double glissando.


Italian, from French glissant, present participle of glisser 'to slip, slide'.

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