Legato Staccato

by Teresa Jennings

After the success of our previously published song, "Forte Piano," we received many requests to continue writing pieces dealing with the elements of music. The ideas have poured in for topics, and the contrast between legato and staccato was most popular. So here we are!

To really emphasize the difference between the two styles, we decided that a partner song would be in order. The first time through, part 1 sings. The second time through, part 2 sings. The third time through, they join together. The challenge will be for each of the parts to stand their ground, not just melodically, but with their articulations! Happily, they do have a moment of release when everyone gets to "slur" together. But other than that, they will have to be on their toes.

There are also dynamic changes within the piece that require their attention. Go over these together and make sure they attempt to rise to the occasions as they occur (so to speak).

One pronunciation note: Even though the word staccato is broken into syllables between the "c's," the first "c" should not be pronounced when singing.

The song is a waltz and should be performed with a wee bit of whimsy. The full orchestra behind the singers will help keep the light and fluffy lilt going. We do have a moment or two of fun with a trombone splat here, a triangle ting there. If students are inspired to bob and weave while singing, we certainly understand.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.