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[fawr-tey-pee-ah-noh; Italian fawr-te-pyah-naw]
adjective, adverb Music.
  1. loud and immediately soft.
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Origin of forte-piano

First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for forte-piano

Historical Examples

  • And what think you of this new instrument—the forte-piano—father?

    A Nest of Linnets

    Frank Frankfort Moore

  • A person here has invented the prettiest improvement in the forte-piano I have ever seen.

British Dictionary definitions for forte-piano


adjective, adverb
  1. loud and then immediately softSymbol: fp
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  1. a note played in this way
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