Literally taken, doesn't it mean "always" (sempre) staccato?
To me, the word always
seems pretty absolute, yet, in the piece I'm looking at, I am seeing two note slurs (down, up [lift]) in a piece marked sempre staccato
, so clearly there is an exception to the 'always' part. Accent marks (with a tie) appear above certain notes, so that's not staccato either. I just don't know what other exceptions there might be.
The notation is very odd. 80 percent of the notes are explicitly marked staccatto (so what was the point of the sempre staccato
notation?) while the staccatto for the other 20 percent (barring exceptions, where it is explictly marked otherwise) seems to be 'implied,' as if the beginner is simply expected to "just know" or they were just too lazy to write the dots for the other remaining unmarked notes.
Any advice as to why this is and how one can know for certain, if it any given unmarked note is
really[/b] an implied stacatto, as the sempre staccato
would seem to suggest?