Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:58 pm
Wuuthrad wrote:I don't think portamento is even possible on a fretted instrument ...
You're correct Wuuthrad, strictly speaking it isn't possible in the manner of a singer or violinist by our current definition - nonetheless, that's exactly the technique that instrumentalists came to emulate, thus the term
does stand up in describing music of a certain period ... and beyond sometimes - Segovia, for one, used to say portamento when he meant to convey "slide".
Words are annoyingly capricious - it's why I underlined carrying
in my reply. You probably already know that portamento means carrying in Italian, but not in the same sense that an analyst of Tárrega's technique would use it (as I did) in describing the arm/hand/finger mechanism.
8 early years of Violin study have imprinted upon my mind the idea that Musical Language was very precise, and that the definitions of these words was not be altered, because they formed the foundation of musical creation where artistic expression would then hopefully flourish.
Like the foundations of a grand sculpture or piece of architecture, they have to be precise and accurate otherwise the whole thing might not work at all.
Taking liberties with the "Musical Dictionary" so to speak (which is how I perceive what Segovia did in this example,) has never been something I could easily absorb, and thanks for your explanation.
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