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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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(p.21) FIVE Legato
The Art of Performance

Heinrich Schenker

Oxford University Press

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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