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portamento

por-tah-MEN-toe

[Italian, carrying]

A technique of gliding from one note to another without actually defining the intermediate notes; a smooth sliding between two pitches. This term is used primarily in singing and string instruments. Often called glissando for other instruments, especially the trombone.

See Also

[French] port de voix
[Italian] portando

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Last Updated: 2013-02-14 19:24:58