: a continuous gliding movement from one tone to another (as by the voice)
Examples of portamento in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThe Cavatina of Opus 130 is steeped in unaffected Old World style, with throaty portamento slides from note to note.
Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 25 Nov. 2019 Varied effects of vibrato, portamento and pizzicato bring different shades of intensity, atmosphere, eloquence: Even a single austere cello line down a few tones can become fraught with significance.
New York Times, 8 July 2018
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