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How should staccatissimo be played on Handel, Beethoven, and Liszt pieces? I have read that it is like staccato only shorter, but it seems like it is used when notes should be staccato and accented. Am I dreaming?

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Generally staccato notes should be accented slightly anyways. –  Matthew Read Sep 14 '11 at 15:20
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You're right, it is accented and shorter. The notes should be extremely separated and distinct.

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