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It's a red herring! It's not a tie, and they're not staccato, per se. It's a separate sign called 'portato',or more accurately and easily understood 'articulated legato', and if it was applied to notes that were not the same, obviously it couldn't be a tie. A slur it would be. Now, you can see that two slurred notes separated because they need to be ...


I think the other answers have illustrated that those are in fact not legato markings but I would just like to add that you can never play something legato and staccato. Legato means connected or attached where staccato means disconnected or detached. They are in fact opposites of each other and like the philosophers would say two opposites cannot be true ...


This is NOT a phrase mark. You don't use a phrase mark to connect two sixteenths. This is an indication that the notes should be played connected, but still re-articulated.


This is an articulation symbol called semi-staccato. It is meant to be performed exactly as its name implies; halfway between smoothly connected and detached, with only a slight disconnect between the notes. For any wind instrument, the semi-staccato notes in bars 2-3 would be performed with a very gentled tonguing on the notes indicated, such as using a ...

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