[pawr-tuh-men-toh, pohr-; Italian pawr-tah-men-taw]
- a passing or gliding from one pitch or tone to another with a smooth progression.
Origin of portamento
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Examples from the Web for portamento
It is even likely that she will improve her knowledge of portamento while she is washing dishes.
Does she overdo the use of portamento, messa di voce, and such devices?
It should be practiced very slowly at first, and with portamento.The Head Voice and Other Problems
D. A. Clippinger
The portamento—gliding from one note to another—is also a lovely effect.Violin Mastery
Frederick H. Martens
At one point the boys took a portamento—a grace which very few choirmasters would attempt with boys.The Boy's Voice
J. Spencer Curwen
- music a smooth slide from one note to another in which intervening notes are not separately discernibleCompare glissando
C18: from Italian: a carrying, from Latin portāre to carry
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