glissando :

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  • n  a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
  • r  (musical direction) in the manner of a glissando (with a rapidly executed series of notes)
    this should be played glissando, please

  • The late great Trumpet Player Leon Bismarck ("Bix") Beiderbecke's effortless glissando, accompanied by various old bands, was to be heard sprinkling graceful, spontaneous melody .
  • Vocally, she slithers through her lines with the glissando of a soprano trombone.
  • Even the famous opening--the skyward clarinet glissando--is given a new twist.

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