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date: 15 October 2021

staccato (It.). ‘Detached’, 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Music
Author(s):
Alison LathamAlison Latham

i.e. the opposite of *legato. A note to be played staccato is marked in notation in different ways: with a dot (the most common method), a vertical stroke, a small wedge, or a horizontal dash (implying an accent). The degree of detachment varies according to the type of instrument in question and the style and period of the music. ... ...

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