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[pee-uh-niz-uh m, pee-an-iz-, pyan-]
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  1. the artistry and technique of a pianist.
  2. performance by a pianist: an evening of first-rate pianism.

Origin of pianism

First recorded in 1835–45; pian(o)1 + -ism
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Examples from the Web for pianism

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  • MacDowell's French training showed in his "pianism" in the velocity, clarity, and pearly quality of his scales and trills.


    James Huneker

  • Henceforward the art of pianism stood on an entirely different level.

    Theodor Leschetizky

    Annette Hullah

  • This rare combination of the virtuoso and the poet places Joseffy outside the pale of popular "pianism."

    Franz Liszt

    James Huneker

  • Bauer played Liszt's Dance of Death in this country, creating thereby a reputation for brilliant "pianism."

    Franz Liszt

    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for pianism


  1. technique, skill, or artistry in playing the piano
Derived Formspianistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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