- very soft.
- very softly.
- a passage or movement played in this way.
Origin of pianissimo
Related Wordsemollient, pianissimo, demulcent, lenitive, crumbly, ductile, flaccid, friable, lenient, malleable, pliable, assuasive, emulsive, mitigatory, mollescent
Examples from the Web for pianissimo
The pianissimo of choruses and orchestras is seldom soft enough.Essentials in Conducting
Karl Wilson Gehrkens
His speciality was extreme delicacy, and his pianissimo extraordinary.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician
At that part there are two pauses in quick succession, the second of which, is pianissimo.Louis Spohr's Autobiography
It was very rapid, very staccato, and pianissimo all the way through.Music-Study in Germany
The whole piece was intended to be played staccato and pianissimo.Story-Lives of Great Musicians
Francis Jameson Rowbotham
- music (to be performed) very quietlySymbol: pp
Word Origin and History for pianissimo
1724, from Italian pianissimo "very softly," from Latin pianissimus, superlative of pianus (see piano).
A musical direction meaning “to be performed very softly”; the opposite of fortissimo.