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adv. & adj. Music
So as to be held for the full time value; sustained. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian, from past participle of tenere, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]
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adj, adv
(Classical Music) music (of a note) to be held for or beyond its full time value. Symbol: ¯ (written above a note)
[from Italian, literally: held, from tenere to hold, from Latin tenēre]
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(təˈnu toʊ, teɪ-)

adj., adv. Music.
(of a note, chord, or rest) held to the full time value.
[1890–95; < Italian (past participle of tenere to hold) < Vulgar Latin *tenūtus, for Latin tentus]
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with the full note value or slightly longer
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References in classic literature ?
Machiavelli was the accredited agent of the Florentine Republic to Cesare Borgia (1478-1507) during the transactions which led up to the assassinations of the Orsini and Vitelli at Sinigalia, and along with his letters to his chiefs in Florence he has left an account, written ten years before "The Prince," of the proceedings of the duke in his "Descritione del modo tenuto dal duca Valentino nello ammazzare Vitellozzo Vitelli," etc., a translation of which is appended to the present work.
La sua preghiera rimane segreta ma capiamo che e cio che la salva, e comunque e un dato che non verra tenuto in considerazione nella seconda condanna.
Maria Jose Tenuto, a College of Lake County adjunct sociology professor, was named the state's 2019 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty of the Year by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.
At the elementary level, I like to emphasize note-reading through the apps Note Rush and Tenuto. Both offer chances for the students to learn to identify notes on the staff.
Percio gli do volentieri un compagno che lo pungoli e che sia tenuto a fare la parte del diavolo" (7).
On the other hand, Nazareth's custom of placing a fermata or a tenuto at key points in his polkas and tangos (even when not notated in the score, as in Nene, see below) suggests that he conceived them more as independent instrumental music than mere accessories to a choreography.
Tenuto conto dell'importanza dell'intimo rapporto forma-contenuto in seno al componimento analizzato, un'iniziale rapida disamina della metrica assume di certo tutta la sua rilevanza al fine di una migliore comprensione del poemetto.
Tenuto, Axalta's director of environment, health, safety and security.
Advanced players may wish to take on the additional challenges of (1) working on several shades of tongued notes, from tenuto to very short and (2) multiple tonguing in both valveless and valve versions of the Basic Moves.