(performed) at a slower but sustained tempo, with each note held for its full value: often used as a musical direction
Origin of sostenutoIt, past participle of sostenere from Classical Latin sustinere, to sustain
nounpl. -·tos or -·ti
a sostenuto passage
In a manner that is sustained as long as or beyond a note's full value. Used chiefly as a direction.
nounpl. so·ste·nu·tos, or so·ste·nu·ti
A sostenuto passage or movement.
Origin of sostenutoItalian past participle of sostenere to sustain from Latin sustinēre ; see sustain .
- A note or passage marked to be sustained