One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural glissandi, Plural glissandosMusic
A continuous slide upward or downward between two notes.
- ‘But from the opening, mysterious, string glissandi, the orchestra seemed to miss the haunting atmospherics of Britten's score.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Italian, from French glissant, present participle of glisser ‘to slip, slide’.
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