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The Art of Performance$
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Heinrich Schenker and Heribert Esser

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151510

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151510.001.0001

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Non Legato

Non Legato

Chapter:
(p.19) FOUR Non Legato
Source:
The Art of Performance
Author(s):

Heinrich Schenker

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151510.003.0004

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

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