- smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.
Origin of legato
Examples from the Web for legato
Historical Examples of legato
Legato means "bound together," for which we substitute the word "connected."
Do not take the over-smart differentiations of legato seriously.
Slurs indicate either a legato touch or the grouping of the notes.
This is the device which enables the pianist to play staccato or legato.How to Appreciate Music
When he attempts the dramatic he finds that it destroys his legato.The Head Voice and Other Problems
D. A. Clippinger
- to be performed smoothly and connectedly
- a style of playing in which no perceptible gaps are left between notes
- (as modifier)a legato passage
Word Origin for legato
1811, from Italian legato, literally "bound," past participle of legare, from Latin ligare (see ligament). Of music to be played smoothly, without intervals.