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sostenuto

[ sos-tuh-noo-toh, soh-stuh-; Italian saws-te-noo-taw ]
/ 藢s蓲s t蓹藞nu to蕣, 藢so蕣 st蓹-; Italian 藢s蓴s t蓻藞nu t蓴 /
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adjective
sustained or prolonged in the time value of the tones.
noun, plural sos路te路nu路tos, Italian sos路te路nu路ti [saws-te-noo-tee]. /藢s蓴s t蓻藞nu ti/.
a movement or passage played in this manner.
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Origin of sostenuto

1715鈥25; <Italian, past participle of sostenere;see sustain

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British Dictionary definitions for sostenuto

sostenuto
/ (藢s蓲st蓹藞nu藧t蓹蕣) /

adjective, adverb
music (preceded by a tempo marking) to be performed in a smooth sustained manner

Word Origin for sostenuto

C18: from Italian, from sostenere to sustain, from Latin sustin膿re to uphold
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