[ fawr-tuh-pyah-noh ]
/ ˌfɔr təˈpyɑ noʊ /
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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.
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Origin of fortepiano
First recorded in 1760–70; early variant of pianoforte
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Definition for fortepiano (2 of 2)
[ fawr-tey-pee-ah-noh; Italian fawr-te-pyah-naw ]
/ ˌfɔr teɪ piˈɑ noʊ; Italian ˌfɔr tɛˈpyɑ nɔ /
adjective, adverb Music.
loud and immediately soft.
Origin of forte-piano
First recorded in 1760–70
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Example sentences from the Web for fortepiano
La dekstra pedalo de la fortepiano, kiu apartenis al la pedelo, estas rompita.
British Dictionary definitions for fortepiano (1 of 2)
/ (ˌfɔːtɪpɪˈænəʊ) /
an early type of piano popular in the late 18th century
Word Origin for fortepiano
from Italian, loud-soft
British Dictionary definitions for fortepiano (2 of 2)
/ (ˌfɔːtɪˈpjɑːnəʊ) music /
loud and then immediately softSymbol: fp
a note played in this way
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