fortepiano

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noun for·te·pia·no \ ˌfȯr-ˌtā-pē-ˈa-(ˌ)nō also -ˈä-(ˌ)nō \

Definition of fortepiano

:an early form of the piano originating in the 18th and early 19th centuries and having a smaller range and softer timbre than a modern piano

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Origin and Etymology of fortepiano

French or Italian; French, from Italian, from forte loud + piano soft


forte-piano

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adverb or adjective for·te-pi·a·no \ ˌfȯr-ˌtā-pē-ˈä-(ˌ)nō , ˌfȯr-tē- \

Definition of forte-piano

:loud then immediately soft used as a direction in music

First Known Use of forte-piano

1823


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