Chapter

Non Legato

Heinrich Schenker

in The Art of Performance

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151510
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871582 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151510.003.0004
Non Legato

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This chapter describes non legato as an articulation whereby each note receives its own pressure and whose sound duration is strictly defined. The physical means of attaining this are described as in the model for the same effect when played by the violin or orchestra. It is argued that non legato is most appropriate in early music: in contrapuntal writing the individual notes had equal function. By contrast, the larger motivic units — a result of the synthesis in later music — require legato playing.

Keywords: pressure; contrapuntal writing; synthesis; motivic units; sound duration

Chapter.  676 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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