Adjective "legato" definition and examples

(Legato may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/lɪˈɡɑːtəʊ/

Definitions and examples

adverb & adjective

In a smooth flowing manner, without breaks between notes.
  1. as adjective 'his tremolo and legato work'
  2. 'His legato approach seems to add tension to the hand and produce a heavier sound.'
  3. 'Play it forte and legato while playing the rest of the chord piano and staccato.'
  4. 'The natural trumpets were brightly penetrating while the flutes and other woodwind resonated above the soft legato strings.'

noun

A piece or passage marked to be performed legato.
  1. 'The pedal plays a large role in creating a musical perception of legato, and for small-handed pianists, it is indispensable.'
  2. 'Years later when Beth played Mozart Sonatas and Chopin Nocturnes, we experimented with putting down the keys in various ways to get the velvety legatos or sparkling staccatos called for in the music.'

More definitions

1. smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.

More examples(as adjective)

"systems can be legato."

"people/places/organizations can be legato."

"icons can be legato."

"tumbles can be legato."

"softwares can be legato."

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Origin

Italian, literally ‘bound’.