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Glissando (italianized, from Fr. glisser: ‘to slide’; It. strisciando)locked

  • David D. Boyden
  •  and Robin Stowell


A term generally used as an instruction to execute a passage in a rapid, sliding movement. When applied to playing the piano and the harp, glissando generally refers to the effect obtained not by fingering the key or strings of scales but by sliding rapidly over the relevant keys or strings with the fingernails or the fingertips. Because of the nature of the piano and the harp, every individual tone or semitone of such glissando scales is clearly heard, no matter how rapid the ‘sliding’ (...

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