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  1. portatoadverb

    In an unconnected manner, as opposed to legato, but not as short as staccato.

    Etymology: Borrowed from portato, past participle of portare meaning "to bring, carry, bear", from porta meaning "door, gate"

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  1. Portato

    Portato in music denotes a smooth, pulsing articulation and is often notated by adding dots under slur markings. Portato, also known as articulated legato or slurred staccato or semi-staccato or mezzo-staccato, that means "moderately detached". It is a style of playing between staccato and legato, and is also referred to as non-legato. Mezzo-staccato notes are held for a longer time than with standard staccato notes, but none of the notes is attached to the next. Portato is a bowing technique for stringed instruments, in which successive notes are gently re-articulated while being joined under a single continuing bow stroke. It achieves a kind of pulsation or undulation, rather than separating the notes. It has been notated in various ways. One early 19th century writer, Pierre Baillot, gives two alternatives: a wavy line, and dots under a slur. Later in the century a third method became common: placing "legato" dashes under a slur. The notation with dots under slurs is ambiguous, because it is also used for very different bowings, including staccato and flying spiccato.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portato in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portato in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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