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

First recorded in 1760–70; early variant of pianoforte


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

Origin of forte-piano

First recorded in 1760–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for fortepiano


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

Word Origin for fortepiano

from Italian, loud-soft


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