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 His pianism was steeped in jazz tradition yet spoke more deeply of a personal odyssey. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Musical references abound throughout—to 19th-century pianism à la Liszt, to Ravel and Debussy, to Rachmaninoff, Bernstein and Manuel de Falla, and to at least three major film composers: Danny Elfman, Bernard Herrmann and John Williams. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 But as a conductor Schiff affects no airs; his gestural vocabulary feels of a piece with his pianism. BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 11 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of pianism

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 30 Sep. 2022.

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