Definition of glissando in English:

glissando

noun

Music
  • A continuous slide upwards or downwards between two notes.

    • ‘The vast array of techniques explored in the 20th century, the lead often taken by jazz musicians, included a wide variety of glissandos, multiphonics, microtones, expressive attacks, and mutes.’
    • ‘Within these prohibitive technical limitations, the performer is asked to make rapid scalic runs and, in one place, semiquaver leaps, and the piece ends with a double glissando.’
    • ‘It has main melody lines which alternate in each year at such a speed that they become one with the whole like a glissando despite being discrete notes.’
    • ‘The initial ‘Meditation’ is very troubled, with hectic glissandos and fitful ostinatos.’
    • ‘But from the opening, mysterious, string glissandi, the orchestra seemed to miss the haunting atmospherics of Britten's score.’

Origin

Italian, from French glissant, present participle of glisser ‘to slip, slide’.

Pronunciation

glissando

/ɡlɪˈsandəʊ/