Definition of legato in English:
In a smooth, flowing manner, without breaks between notes. Compare with staccato.
- 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)Back to top
A piece or passage marked to be performed legato.
- 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.
Italian, literally 'bound'.
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