[luh-gah-toh; Italian le-gah-taw]
- smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.
Origin of legato
1805–15; < Italian, past participle of legare < Latin ligāre to bind
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Examples from the Web for non-legato
We must conclude that the indication "non-legato" finally degenerated into meaning "staccato."On the Execution of Music, and Principally of Ancient Music
The process of the non-legato touch, by showing contrary results, will bear me out.
In that emergency we should have to resort to "piecing on," and this means a jerk at every instance—equal to a non-legato.
- to be performed smoothly and connectedly
- a style of playing in which no perceptible gaps are left between notes
- (as modifier)a legato passage
C19: from Italian, literally: bound
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Word Origin and History for non-legato
1811, from Italian legato, literally "bound," past participle of legare, from Latin ligare (see ligament). Of music to be played smoothly, without intervals.
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