American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a smooth, even style without any noticeable break between the notes. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. A legato passage or movement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, in a smooth, connected manner, without breaks or pauses between successive tones: opposed to staccato. It is usually indicated by the word itself (or its abbreviation leg.), by a sweeping curve,
or above or below the notes to be performed without break, or (for single notes and chords in the midst of staccato passages) by the mark or above or below.
- n. A smooth, connected manner of performance, or a passage so performed. In singing and on wind-instruments a strict legato is produced only when more tones than one are made continuously by a single breath; on instruments with a keyboard, like the organ and the pianoforte, it is produced by holding each key until just as the next is struck; on bowed instruments it is produced by a continuous motion of the bow, either up or down.
- adv. music Smoothly, in a connected manner.
- n. music A slur curve above or below a passage of notes indicating that they should be played in a legato manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) Connected; tied; -- a term used when successive tones are to be produced in a closely connected, smoothly gliding manner. It is often indicated by a
tie, thus �, �, or �, �, written over or under the notes to be so performed; -- opposed to staccato.
- adj. (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected
- adv. connecting the notes; in music
- Borrowing from Italian legato, past participle of legare ("to tie up, tie together, to bind"), learned borrowing from Latin ligō ("tie, bind"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian, past participle of legare, to bind, tie together, from Latin ligāre; see leig- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Unfortunately, this school invented as well continuous legato, which is both false and monotonous; the abuse of nuances, and a mania for continual expressio used with no discrimination.”
“Firstly the 303 is a monosynth so set the Subtractors Portamento = 25, Polyphony = 1 and mode to "legato”
“And yet he's able to calmly explain legato to his violin-playing grandson.”
“On a technical level, Herbert would do well to sustain more legato phrasing on his lines.”
“Prendere il turista, lo straniero o il diverso come una persona poco degna di rispetto, è talmente radicato in una forte percentuale di italiani, da non essere un fatto legato ad una regione.”
“Her strong vocal technique encompasses trills and runs, a smooth legato, and lets her go, as she put it in a telephone interview, "from softest of the soft up to loudest of the loud, and hopefully any degree in between.”
“Playing an instrument with no actual legato and only manual-to-manual dynamic variance, Hantaï offered a world-class demonstration of how to fool the listener into thinking that legato and dynamic variance were everywhere.”
“Otherwise, the same principles apply to this as would apply to the authentic Gregorian version: always legato, no breathing during words, crescendo through the pressus, etc.”
“With his singular New Orleans-indebted legato style silenced, Little Feat somehow soldiered on, veering into jazzier terrain behind guitarist Paul Barrére and keyboardist Billy Payne.”
“The beat goes on, alternating between staccato and legato.”
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