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una corda

[oo-nuh kawr-duh; Italian oo-nah kawr-dah] /ˈu nə ˈkɔr də; Italian ˈu nɑ ˈkɔr dɑ/
with the soft pedal depressed (a musical direction in piano playing).
Compare tre corde.
Origin of una corda
1840-50; < Italian: literally, one string, since depressing the soft pedal shifts the hammers so as to strike only two (orig. one) of the strings provided for each note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for una corda
Historical Examples
  • The closing measures, una corda and dolcissimo, afford a reminiscence of the haunting appeal of the chief melody.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
  • A beautiful contrast may be made by playing the section in F major with the "una corda" pedal throughout.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
British Dictionary definitions for una corda

una corda

/ˈuːnə ˈkɔːdə/
adjective, adverb
(music) (of the piano) to be played with the soft pedal depressed
Word Origin
Italian, literally: one string; the pedal moves the mechanism so that only one string of the three tuned to each note is struck by the hammer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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