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portamento
(Italian)


Often, the finger used to play the starting note of a portamento will be different from the finger used to play the ending note.
  music:  the smooth movement in singing or playing a stringed instrument from one note to the next
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  • Often, the finger used to play the starting note of a portamento will be different from the finger used to play the ending note.
  • In his dream he saw the turntable whirling around its spindle, so fast it became invisible, inaudible, not simply rotating wildly in place, but moving in a strange lateral undulation so that the arm beneath which it turned began to oscillate supplely, as if it were breathing—very useful, one might suppose, for the vibrato and portamento of strings and human voices.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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Associated words [difficulty]:   portamento , lingua franca [7] , libretto [8] , intermezzo [9] , staccato [3] , forte [7] , syncopation [7] , melisma [9]
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