Heinrich Schenker

in The Art of Performance

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151510
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871582 | DOI:

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This chapter describes different kinds of legato, pointing out that the connection of several notes corresponds to a specific intention of the composer. Various technical means that can produce violin- or voice-like legato are discussed: the holding of certain notes longer than their value is explained as having either a piano-technical or a musical reason. “Articulating legato”, certain ways of dissembling legato, changing fingers on the same key, and legato of identical notes are all described with a variety of examples largely but not exclusively from the piano repertoire.

Keywords: portamento; portato; articulating legato; dissembling; identical notes

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Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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