pi·​a·​nism | \ ˈpē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce pianism (audio) \

Definition of pianism

1 : the art or technique of piano playing
2 : the composition or adaptation of music for the piano

Examples of pianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as a conductor Schiff affects no airs; his gestural vocabulary feels of a piece with his pianism. BostonGlobe.com, "With rigor and fantasy in equal parts, pianist András Schiff returns to the BSO - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 Still, Freddy Cole’s raspy voice and muscular pianism are singular hallmarks and explain why listeners still seek him out. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "The cultural challenges of staging a 1931 jazz operetta in 2019," 26 June 2019 The combination of Freddy Cole’s reedy voice and Lionel Cole’s chesty baritone made for a most appealing euphony, accompanied by Freddy Cole’s silvery pianism, Randy Napoleon’s buoyant guitar work and a chugging backbeat from the rest of the band. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Jazz Fest review: Freddy Cole evokes sweet memories of brother Nat King Cole," 30 Aug. 2019 Though the evening’s amplification was tilted too heavily toward the piano, affording it excessive prominence in the sound mix, at least Barnatan’s impeccable, delicately nuanced pianism gave listeners plenty to savor. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Grant Park review: Inon Barnatan sublime in Mozart Piano Concerto," 17 June 2019 On purely instrumental terms, guitarist Adam Moezinia did much of the heavy lifting here, a necessity in light of Cole’s stripped-down pianism. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Freddy Cole brings back the old magic at Jazz Showcase," 11 May 2018 But Cole brought a profound sense of longing to his version, his plaintive vocal lines and silvery pianism making the tune an urgent plea, albeit delivered at a decidedly unhurried pace. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Freddy Cole brings back the old magic at Jazz Showcase," 11 May 2018 Here Weiss’ florid pianism, drummer Fludas’ fat downbeats and bassist Vinsel’s sizable tone made for the most vivid statement of the show. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Pianist Michael Weiss evokes memories of Johnny Griffin," 22 June 2018 Even so, Barber’s long-running tenure at the Green Mill merits attention from anyone who values uncommonly fluid vocals, crystalline pianism and singular songwriting. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "From Henry Johnson to 'Tootie' Heath to Patricia Barber, a busy jazz week in Chicago," 5 Apr. 2018

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1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pianism. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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