glissando


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glissando

1. a rapidly executed series of notes on the harp or piano, each note of which is discretely audible
2. a portamento, esp as executed on the violin, viola, etc.
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The concluding section of Vasaras dziedajumi begins with a gesture that recalls the opening of the prelapsarian first movement, but which is immediately soiled by lamenting downward glissandos.
For the whole 16 minutes of music it actually contains just descending glissandos created out of many layered fine lines.
Some of these passages include color trills, multiphonic tremolos, glissandos, microtones, and flutter tonguing.
Technically demanding, the four pieces require foot stamping, knocking on the soundboard, playing between the bridge and tailpiece, making glissandos to triple stops, and playing the "highest note possible.
Ricci introduces and compares old and new systems of playing, outlines a series of glissando scales and includes a DVD where he demonstrates various bowing techniques.
This arrestingly Romantic piece grows naturally out of traditional pianistic textures and rhetoric, ending with a resonantly pedalled downward glissando.
London: Macmillan, 1988], 1:622]) illustrates a more insightful form of transcription, with its symbols for "terminal lip trill," "rapid upward glissando," "note slightly delayed," and "fall off.
For example, "A spaceman was flying around in the sky (sound effects) and his spaceship crashed to earth (smash sound, glissando and so forth).
Dramatic pauses are part and parcel of Bartok's magic, as are eerie portamento and glissando effects.
The wavelike arpeggiated harp figures and flowing flute melody in "Almond Lake" (second movement) are reminiscent of Debussy's "En bateau," and the "Strawberries and Cream" finale is replete with a Debussian whole-tone downward glissando.
Allen's patented glissando guitar, a sustained drone achieved by playing the strings with a hovering spoon, knots with Makoto's intense psychedelic noodling.
And at the end, the flutist moves from C flute to alto flute, a new, deep timbre, as the tape sounds glissando downward and diminish.