Definition of glissando
glissandiplay \gli-ˈsän-(ˌ)dē\ or
: a rapid sliding up or down the musical scale
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The Western flexatone was a metal plate struck with beaters that added a clang to eerie, unstable glissandos.
Roberts threw in a few of Monk’s signature eccentricities – some stretched out, exaggerated glissandos and skittering fills – with a Latin tinge supplied by drummer Bryan Carter.
Players were often asked to abandon the standard twelve pitches: glissandos, microtones, whistling harmonics, and other breathy noises proliferated.
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Origin and Etymology of glissando
probably modification of French glissade
First Known Use: circa 1854See Words from the same year
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