pi·​a·​nis·​tic | \ ˌpē-ə-ˈni-stik How to pronounce pianistic (audio) \

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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pianistically \ ˌpē-​ə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pianistically (audio) \ 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."

Examples of pianistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wang is not the only young pianistic hotshot giving a recital this week, but Daniil Trifonov’s all-Bach recital at Alice Tully Hall (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.) is sold out; good luck finding a ticket. David Allen, New York Times, "6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 27 Feb. 2020 Somehow thrusting through John's pianistic thunder were Dee Murray's bass runs and Nigel Olsson's fine drumming. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Elton John's first Milwaukee concert: 'A powerful undertow of excitement'," 17 Oct. 2019 Always a pianist who digs deeply into the keys, Ax offered a quintessential Brahms keyboard sound: orchestral in scope but keenly sensitive to pianistic colors. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO review: Bronfman and Ax take on Brahms Piano Concertos," 3 Aug. 2019 Here we are shown dramatically Liszt’s genius for pianistic crystallization. David Dubal, WSJ, "Studies in Reckless Virtuosity," 16 Nov. 2018 The fact is, Liszt gave birth to a monster, and the second set is the most difficult and muscular pianistic creation of the time. David Dubal, WSJ, "Studies in Reckless Virtuosity," 16 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of pianistic

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Pianistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pianistic. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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