Musical Direction held for the full value: usually indicated by a short line over the note or chord
Origin of tenutoIt, past participle of tenere, to hold from Classical Latin tenere: see thin
[also in roman type]Music a note or chord to be played tenuto
So as to be held for the full time value; sustained. Used chiefly as a direction.
Origin of tenutoItalian from past participle of tenere to hold from Latin tenēre ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- (music) A tempo mark directing that a note or passage is to be held for the full time
- (music) A passage having this mark
- (music) In a sustained manner
- (music) describing a passage having this mark