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staccato

Music (of notes) short, clipped, and separate
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Staccato

 

in music, the short, abrupt execution of sounds whereby the sounds are clearly separated from one another. Staccato is the opposite of legato. It is indicated either by the term “staccato” or by dots above or below the notes. On string instruments, staccato is the execution of several notes by the abrupt movement of the bow upward or downward.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It is evident from one of his letters that he knew and admired the slurred staccato; he described the playing of Franzl to his father in 1777, saying: ~He has too a most beautiful clear, round tone.
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Hunter rocks it up for Riot In My Heart and Don't Come Back, his band as tight as a drum with the staccato saxes of Damian Hand and Lee Badau punching out the rhythm.
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Rather than instruct a student to play staccato here, we prefer to ask a question such as: "Have you ever walked barefoot on sun-baked sand, and your feet became so hot that you began to run?" In another piece, we may ask, "What would it feel like to be a small, elastic raindrop falling upon a still, dark pond in late autumn?" In this way, we teach the student that there are as many different kinds of staccato as one's imagination and touch will allow, and that play staccato means so much more than to play notes detached.