Portamento(redirected from Pitch bending)
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(Italian, “carrying,” from portare, “to carry”), the smooth execution of a melody by means of a retarded glide from one note to another. Close to glissando, it is used in singing and bowed-instrument playing.
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