portamento
(por-tah-MEN-toe)


[It., 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 [Fr.] port de voix; [It.] portamento; [It.] portando.

Also [Fr.] glissando.


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