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Given the recording, it seems clear that the gliss markings are intended to convey "portamento with vibrato" -- this seems like a reasonable way to notate it, especially if there were footnotes or similar indicating that this is the effect. To me, the notation of "de-ba-ta" looks good; the "ba" syllable is a pick-up note leading into the ta syllable. ...


While "portamento" and "glissando" certainly mean different things, in everyday musical usage a rather large number of people use 'gliss' for a portamento sound. Sometimes you just have to decide which is a better fit to the piece of music in question, taking in mind the time period when it was composed as well as the 'mood' of the piece. In this ...

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