[sos-tuh-noo-toh, soh-stuh-; Italian saws-te-noo-taw]Music.
- sustained or prolonged in the time value of the tones.
- a movement or passage played in this manner.
Origin of sostenuto
1715–25; < Italian, past participle of sostenere; see sustain
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Examples from the Web for sostenuto
The basis of phrasing then, may be found in legato, sostenuto and contrast.The Head Voice and Other Problems
D. A. Clippinger
"But my tremolo—my sostenuto will be ruined," said Hippolyte wildly.
A good effect is produced in a sostenuto theme by commencing the vibrato slowly on a crescendo note.Chats to 'Cello Students
It is fuller and rounder in quality than the soprano—less flexible, and more adapted to a sostenuto or declamatory style.Advice to Singers
Frederick James Crowest
Is not the Sostenuto bellow of the arriero almost the only approach to melody that the peasant ever attempts?
- music (preceded by a tempo marking) to be performed in a smooth sustained manner
C18: from Italian, from sostenere to sustain, from Latin sustinēre to uphold