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glissando

Syllabification: glis·san·do
Pronunciation: /ɡliˈsändō
 
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Definition of glissando in English:

noun (plural glissandi /-dē/ or glissandos)

Music
A continuous slide upward or downward between two notes.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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