pi·​a·​nism | \ ˈpē-ə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of pianism

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

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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 The Lisztian prowess of Butler’s pianism on that night, as filtered through a jazz sensibility, pointed to a master in our midst. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Remembering Henry Butler, a New Orleans giant," 9 July 2018 This was duo jazz pianism cast as high art, a rare occurrence indeed. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Valdes and Rubalcaba: Cuban keyboard giants at Orchestra Hall," 24 Feb. 2018 With smaller ensembles, his commanding pianism — equal parts Thelonious Monk, Chucho Valdés and Bill Evans — bursts to the fore. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 8 Mar. 2018 Bethany Pickens played piano alongside Harrison, and her work here and elsewhere on the program reminded listeners of the high craft, musical intelligence and fluidity her pianism. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Stars and students pay tribute to piano giant Willie Pickens," 19 Apr. 2018 The most precise pianism of the sequence is also the most stiff. Matthew Guerrieri, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the classical took control of the jazz in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pianism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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