- (a direction) very loud.
- (a direction) very loudly.
Origin of fortissimo
Examples from the Web for fortissimo
Her defiant speech was like the fortissimo from a full orchestra.Painted Veils
When I say ‘fortissimo,’ you play fortissimo; when I say ‘allegro,’ you play allegro.The Master's Violin
Allegro and fortissimo had been McAllister's tempo and tone.Heart of the West
She was part of the refrain—a note in the fortissimo of industry.The Underworld
James C. Welsh
It is said that in this piece Paganini produced a tone that dominated the whole orchestra even in fortissimo passages.Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work
Stephen Samuel Stratton
- very loudSymbol: ff
- a very loud passage in music
Word Origin and History for fortissimo
1724, from Italian fortissimo, superlative of forte "loud, strong," from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort).
A musical direction meaning “to be performed very loudly”; the opposite of pianissimo.