Definition of legato in English:

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legato

Pronunciation: /ləˈɡädō/

adverb& adjective

Music
In a smooth, flowing manner, without breaks between notes. Compare with staccato.
Example sentences
  • An emphasis on slower tempos gives Black the opportunity to show off her very accomplished legato playing.
  • The pianist wants us to hear everything, and he relies on his legato playing to prevent the music from sounding dry, even skeletal.
  • The natural trumpets were brightly penetrating while the flutes and other woodwind resonated above the soft legato strings.

noun (plural legatos)

A piece or passage marked to be performed legato.
Example sentences
  • The pedal plays a large role in creating a musical perception of legato, and for small-handed pianists, it is indispensable.
  • Different pitches could also be obtained from the one string and the transition between these pitches was characterised by a delicate legato.
  • The lyrical second theme brings forth a singing legato from the violin that contrasts wonderfully with its sharp and clipped phrasing in the first section.

Origin

Italian, literally 'bound'.

Words that rhyme with legato

agitato, Ambato, castrato, esparto, inamorato, moderato, obbligato (US obligato), ostinato, pizzicato, rubato, staccato, tomato, vibrato, Waikato
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