noun (plural tenutos or tenuti)Back to top
A note or chord held for its full time value or slightly more.
More example sentences
- A variety of articulations are found in these pieces, including legato, staccato, two-note slurs, tenuti, portatos and accents.
- He used liberal vibrato and took many liberties in phrasing using ritards, accelerandos and tenutos over important structural notes.
- The only thing that I could think of is that perhaps he's meaning to use the tenutos to imply light stresses, as they happen all over the solo soprano line.
Italian, literally 'held', past participle of tenere.
Definition of tenuto in:
- The US English dictionary