fortepiano

[ fawr-tuh-pyah-noh ]

noun
  1. a piano of the late 18th and early 19th centuries with greater clarity but less volume, resonance, and dynamic range than a modern grand, revived in the late 20th century for the performance of the music of its period.

Origin of fortepiano

1
First recorded in 1760–70; early variant of pianoforte

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Other definitions for forte-piano (2 of 2)

forte-piano
[ fawr-tey-pee-ah-noh; Italian fawr-te-pyah-naw ]

adjective, adverbMusic.
  1. loud and immediately soft.

Origin of forte-piano

2
First recorded in 1760–70

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British Dictionary definitions for fortepiano (1 of 2)

fortepiano

/ (ˌfɔːtɪpɪˈænəʊ) /


noun
  1. an early type of piano popular in the late 18th century

Origin of fortepiano

1
from Italian, loud-soft

British Dictionary definitions for forte-piano (2 of 2)

forte-piano

/ (ˌfɔːtɪˈpjɑːnəʊ) music /


adjective, adverb
  1. loud and then immediately soft: Symbol: fp

noun
  1. a note played in this way

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