One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbMusic
(of a note or chord) held for its full time value or slightly more.
- ‘Here the high notes, mostly, and the tenuto notes, even more, hold out.’
nounPlural tenuti, Plural tenutosMusic
A note or chord held for its full time value or slightly more.
- ‘The only thing that I could think of is that perhaps he's meaning to use the tenutos to imply light stresses, as they happen all over the solo soprano line.’
- ‘He used liberal vibrato and took many liberties in phrasing using ritards, accelerandos and tenutos over important structural notes.’
- ‘Two contrasting pieces-one piece, slower in tempo, should demonstrate an ability to shape phrases and control rubatos, tenutos and dynamics.’
- ‘Cellist Darry Dolezal added, ‘You might consider changing your articulations then from tenutos to staccatos to get the effect you are after.’’
- ‘A variety of articulations are found in these pieces, including legato, staccato, two-note slurs, tenuti, portatos and accents.’
Italian, literally ‘held’, past participle of tenere.
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