Definition of Legato

1. Adjective. (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected. "A legato passage"

Exact synonyms: Smooth
Category relationships: Music
Antonyms: Staccato
Derivative terms: Smoothness



2. Adverb. Connecting the notes; in music. "Play this legato, please"
Antonyms: Staccato

Definition of Legato

1. a. Connected; tied; -- a term used when successive tones are to be produced in a closely connected, smoothly gliding manner. It is often indicated by a tie, thus &?;, &?;, or &?;, &?;, written over or under the notes to be so performed; -- opposed to staccato.

Definition of Legato

1. Adverb. (music) Smoothly, in a connected manner. ¹

2. Noun. (music) A slur curve above or below a passage of notes indicating that they should be played in a legato manner. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Legato

1. a smooth and flowing musical style [n -TOS]

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Literary usage of Legato

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"V. ATTACK BY STROKE BY SB MILLS Rubinstein's Prophecy—Fundamental Methods of Attack— Stroke-playing—Production of Accented Tones—legato Playing—The Full ..."

2. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) by John Alexander Fuller-Maitland, George Grove (1880)
"The opposite of legato is staccato—detached [see STACCATO], but there is an intermediate touch between legato and staccato, in which the notes, ..."

3. Violin Playing as I Teach it by Leopold Auer (1921)
"If you wish to facilitate your arpeggio-work you must begin to study it legato in order to accustom yourself to passing over the four strings with an ..."

4. Textes de droit romain by Paul Frédéric Girard (1895)
"In !i neto fundo legato, libri quoque ct bibliothecae, quae in eodem fundo sunt, ... legato, mancipia tam urbana '|uam rustica, itemque argentum nt vestes, ..."

5. The Art of Singing: Based on the Principles of the Old Italian Singing by William Shakespeare (1910)
"ATTACK AND legato. A cramped manner of using the throat deprives the student of the power of attacking a note exactly on the pitch intended, ..."

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