- 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
First recorded in 1760–70; early variant of pianoforte
[fawr-tey-pee-ah-noh; Italian fawr-te-pyah-naw]
- loud and immediately soft.
Origin of forte-piano
First recorded in 1760–70
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- an early type of piano popular in the late 18th century
from Italian, loud-soft
- loud and then immediately softSymbol: fp
- a note played in this way
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