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n. pl. glis·san·di (-dē) or glis·san·dos Music
A rapid slide through a series of consecutive tones in a scalelike passage.

[French glissade; see glissade + -ando (as in accelerando).]
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n, pl -di (-diː) or -dos
1. (Classical Music) a rapidly executed series of notes on the harp or piano, each note of which is discretely audible
2. (Classical Music) a portamento, esp as executed on the violin, viola, etc
[C19: probably Italianized variant of glissade]
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(glɪˈsɑn doʊ)

adj., n., pl. -di (-di) -dos. adj.
1. performed with a gliding effect by sliding one or more fingers rapidly over the keys of a piano or strings of a harp.
2. a glissando passage.
[1870–75; < French gliss(er) to slide + Italian -ando ger. ending]
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sliding through notes
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.glissando - a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
swoop, slide - (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale; "the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides"
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
Adv.1.glissando - (musical direction) in the manner of a glissando (with a rapidly executed series of notes); "this should be played glissando, please"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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A. Nglisando m
B. ADVglisando
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Toward the end the pianist stood up and struck the piano strings to give a glissando effect.
Here it sounded terrific, from Alastair Moseley's opening clarinet glissando, and Ward's glittering pianism enlivened with elastic rubatos and improvisational freedom, to the BPO's quite brilliant support which, notably in trumpet and woodwind sections, had all the raunchiness of a Harlem jazz band.
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The REACH, in contrast, is all soaring ceilings, huge windows, and swooping curves, which architect Steven Holl said were inspired by glissando, a continuous slide of notes.
There are many different special effects such as glissando, tremolo and ponticello, some double stops with at least one open string, slurs of two or three notes, hooked bowings and pizzicato.
It's an evocative work, suggesting, as the composer pointed out, the sonorities of a Balinese gamelan in the blending of ondes Martenot (called upon for some eerie glissando passages) with celesta and vibraphone.
Here, and throughout the cycle, there is a special vocal effect, a glissando glide on the word, "vastness." "Some Things are Dark" illustrates Nightmare personified, with chilling use of whispered text and extreme leaps in the vocal line.
And the piece - a thinly-veiled version of a marital misunderstanding - proved happily warm and colourful, from the chaotic opening (organised chaos of course under Petrenko's baton) to a glissando slide into a lazy waltz, and a big splashy finale.
1) O sujeito foi solicitado a emitir a vogal /[epsilon]/ em glissando ascendente ate a altura maxima e descendente ate a altura minima que era capaz de emitir, na intensidade mais fraca possivel; em seguida, a mesma emissao, na intensidade mais forte possivel.
Na partitura, ela tem inicio no compasso 260 quando um acorde formado exclusivamente pelo intervalo de 3a Maior (Do-Mi), distribuido por todos os registos sonoros orquestrais e duplicado pela eletronica, vai se transformando gradativamente por meio de um glissando da orquestra, partindo dessas notas e progredindo em direcao ao agudo, enquanto a eletronica mantem as notas originais, como demonstra a figura abaixo.
One girl does a glissando up and down, and then the other 3 copy and play glissandos.
The vol al writing is declamatory, frequently requiring the singers to crescendo rapidly and then glissando into a sort of Sprechstimme.