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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000647.txt from 2000/04

From: Don Longacre <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Glissando
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2000 01:21:50 -0400

>From the depths of New Mexico, Shouru Nohe writes:

> the correct term is portamento. Gliss is a
>straight run, be it chromatic or diatonic, with distinct pitch between the
>first and final pitches. Those three 15va+3 runs at the end of the Weber
>Concertino are glisses. Rhapsody in Blue is portamento.

By gar, he has it right! He wins a cigar. Recently I had a nightmare about
flubbing the gliss in R & B. I awoke in a sweat which prompted the following
infamous piece of doggerel:

If I should glissando before I wake,
A portamento I'd like to make.
If my keys don't lift so nice,
Its because my horn is full of mice.
A chromatic scale would sound awright,
But a portamento is outa sight.

Don Longacre

If they portamento in Sacramento
Do they still glissando in East Orlando?

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