[ fawr-tuh-pyah-noh ]
/ ˌfɔr təˈpyɑ noʊ /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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 /

adjective, adverb

loud and then immediately softSymbol: fp


a note played in this way
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