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portamento

Syllabification: por·ta·men·to
Pronunciation: /ˌpôrdəˈmen(t)ō
 
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Definition of portamento in English:

noun (plural portamentos or portamenti /-tē/)

Music
1A slide from one note to another, especially in singing or playing a bowed string instrument.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2Piano playing in a manner intermediate between legato and staccato: [as modifier]: a portamento style

Origin

Italian, literally 'carrying'.

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