staccato
(stah-KAH-toe)


[It.]


A style of playing notes in a detached, separated, distinct manner, as opposed to legato. Staccato is indicated by dots directly above or below the notehead.


staccato

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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, III
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 7
Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 1, "Music Box Waltz"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 20

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