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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A pianist at a fortepiano fills in during the titles with excerpts from Mozart’s Fantasias in C Minor and D Minor.
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Origin and Etymology of fortepiano
French or Italian; French, from Italian, from forte loud + piano soft
First Known Use: 1771See Words from the same year
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