pi·​a·​nis·​tic | \ˌpē-ə-ˈni-stik \

Definition of pianistic 

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the piano

2 : skilled in or well adapted to piano playing

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Other Words from pianistic

pianistically \ ˌpē-​ə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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The origin of "pianistic" won’t surprise anyone - it’s ultimately from "piano," of course. But the "-istic" suffix is less than ubiquitous and bears some attention. It is used from time to time to create adjectives that correspond to nouns ending primarily in "-ism" or "-ist." (In this case, both "pianism" and "pianist" outdate "pianistic," although only by a few years.) The pedigree of "-istic" isn’t too surprising; etymologists report that it comes from Middle French ("-istique"), Latin ("-isticus"), and ultimately Greek ("-istikos"). As with words formed from the suffix -ic, words ending in "-istic" can sometimes find life as nouns - for example, "autistic" and "characteristic."

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This score’s first two movements are of course full of pianistic acrobatics and orchestral vehemence. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "At the BSO, Blaise Déjardin steps forward in excellent company," 2 May 2018 Surely Taylor stands among the few pianistic creators today who can be so eloquent on so large a canvas. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrating the music of piano giant Willie Pickens," 10 Apr. 2018 That all this could be made coherent — while absorbing a pianistic move or two of Brahms and Tchaikovsky — was in no small part thanks to the soloist, Nicholas Angelich. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Nicholas Angelich joins Stéphane Denève and Philadelphia Orchestra on musical jaunts," 27 Apr. 2018 Openers include the Arlington High School Jazz Band, led by Tino D’Agostino, and the pianistic duo of Kevin Harris and Steve Langone. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 20 Apr. 2018 Whether working with groups or as a soloist, Mr. Taylor was considered a master of pianistic virtuosity and stamina, performing demanding, dissonant solos that sometimes lasted two hours or more. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Cecil Taylor, pianist who was ‘the eternal outer curve of the avant-garde,’ dies at 89," 6 Apr. 2018 This pianistic approach enables him to fulfill the roles of soloist and accompanist simultaneously. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: Chick Corea, Chamorro Cultural Festival, Ugly Dog Contest," 23 Mar. 2018 Debussy may have discovered his own pianistic voice after hearing the gamelan, but by the end of the 20th century the inspiration had reversed direction and his impact on Asian piano music is incalculable. Stephen Hough, New York Times, "100 Years After Debussy’s Death, He Remains the First ‘Modern’ Composer," 2 Mar. 2018 Or, to put it in other terms, the keyboard music of Liszt and Chopin is intensely pianistic, exploiting the sonic possibilities of the instrument. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Pianist Clearfield reveals new truths about his art," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pianistic

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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