Definition of legato in English:
In a smooth flowing manner, without breaks between notes: [as adverb]: the notes were played legato by the bassoons [as adjective]: his tremolo and legato work Compare with staccato.
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- 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'.
Words that rhyme with legatoagitato, Ambato, castrato, esparto, inamorato, moderato, obbligato (US obligato), ostinato, pizzicato, rubato, staccato, tomato, vibrato, Waikato
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