Tenuto and Portato

The tenuto mark is by far the most confusing symbol in all of musical notation.  I’ve noticed that transfer students rarely even know what it is called, much less know how to interpret it.  I have observed confusion and misinterpretation about the mark among music teachers.   I certainly can’t blame them!  This article will clarify the various meanings of the tenuto mark (and go over the portato while we’re at it).

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