noun (plural portamentos or portamenti /-tē/)Music
1A slide from one note to another, especially in singing or playing a bowed string instrument.
- 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.
Italian, literally 'carrying'.
Words that rhyme with portamentocento, cinquecento, divertimento, lento, memento, pimiento, Risorgimento, Sacramento, Sorrento, Trento
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