- smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.
Origin of legato
Examples from the Web for non-legato
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for legato
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.