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n. pl. por·ta·men·ti (-tē) or por·ta·men·tos
A smooth uninterrupted glide in passing from one tone to another, especially with the voice or a bowed stringed instrument.

[Italian, from portare, to carry, from Latin portāre; see per- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ti (-tɪ)
(Music, other) music a smooth slide from one note to another in which intervening notes are not separately discernible. Compare glissando
[C18: from Italian: a carrying, from Latin portāre to carry]


(ˌpɔr təˈmɛn toʊ, ˌpoʊr-)

n., pl. -ti (-ti) -tos.
a passing or gliding from one pitch or tone to another with a smooth progression.
[1765–75; < Italian: fingering, literally, a bearing, carrying. See port5, -ment]
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El-Khoury's singing is stylish at every turn in this tour-de-force performance, with lovely portamentos and dramatic intensity when needed.
There is gypsy in her soul, and her little bendings of intonation and portamentos - some flirtatious in the first movement and others seeringly passionate - gave this structurally west European concerto its proper east European timbre.
With its banjo-plucking effects, bitonality and sleazy violin portamentos sounding as weird as Charles Ives in a smoke-filled speakeasy.
Another interesting, and less remarked-upon, trait of music is the power of portamentos (also referred to as slurs), the sustaining of a single note as it slides from one pitch to another.
Kagel requires many special techniques throughout the work, including double, flutter, and slap tonguing, portamentos, humming while playing, and key clicks, creating a very intriguing work to see and hear, and one that is sure to have great audience appeal.