adjective, adverb Music.
Origin of legato
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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
The basis of phrasing then, may be found in legato, sostenuto and contrast.The Head Voice and Other Problems
D. A. Clippinger
noun plural -tos
- 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.