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[pee-uh-niz-uh m, pee-an-iz-, pyan-] /ˈpi əˌnɪz əm, piˈæn ɪz-, ˈpyæn-/
the artistry and technique of a pianist.
performance by a pianist:
an evening of first-rate pianism.
Origin of pianism
First recorded in 1835-45; pian(o)1 + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • MacDowell's French training showed in his "pianism" in the velocity, clarity, and pearly quality of his scales and trills.

    Unicorns 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


technique, skill, or artistry in playing the piano
Derived Forms
pianistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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