Definition of sostenuto in English:

sostenuto

Line breaks: sos|ten¦uto
Pronunciation: /ˌsɒstəˈnuːtəʊ
 
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Music

adjective

  • (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 or 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.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The 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.

Origin

Italian, 'sustained'.

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