Definition of portamento in English:


Line breaks: por¦ta|mento
Pronunciation: /ˌpɔːtəˈmɛntəʊ

noun (plural portamentos or portamenti /-ti/)

1A slide from one note to another, especially in singing or playing the violin: some schmaltzy portamentos [mass noun]: vibrato and portamento are kept under strict supervision
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  • His intonation, mode of approaching each note and portamenti in ‘Di Cupido impiego i vanni’, his words upon arrival, with Haim's spot-on accompaniment, said it all.
  • Horenstein brings out every bizarre detail and even puts some in - string portamenti where none are written, deliberate smears in the brass, even slightly sour wind playing - all of which contributes to one's psychic queasiness.
  • With generous string portamenti and relaxed rhythmic pointing, Karajan also washes the Czech character out of the Eighth Symphony.
2 [mass noun] Piano playing in a manner intermediate between legato and staccato: [as modifier]: a portamento style


Italian, literally 'carrying'.

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