- piano roll,
- piano stool,
- piano trio,
- piano tuner,
- piano wire,
Origin of pianoforte
Examples from the Web for pianoforte
Most of the German composers have become great at the pianoforte.Beethoven: A Memoir (2nd Ed.)|Elliott Graeme
Chopin's place in the Pantheon of the romantic school is that of the popularizer of pianoforte sentiment.A Popular History of the Art of Music|W. S. B. Mathews
At an orchestral performance this wretched conceit soon disappears, but it cannot be justified in a pianoforte score.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
In the evening, soon after the ladies had left the dining-room, the pianoforte was heard playing quadrilles in the drawing-room.Love Me Little, Love Me Long|Charles Reade
The savage in the African wilds is gifted with that kind of dexterity, although he may never have seen a pianoforte.Great Pianists on Piano Playing|James Francis Cooke
Word Origin for pianoforte
1767, from Italian, from piano e forte "soft and loud," in full, gravicembalo col piano e forte "harpsichord with soft and loud" (c.1710), said to have been so named by inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) of Padua because the ability via dampers to vary the tone is one of the main changes from the harpsichord. Italian piano (adj.) ultimately is from Latin planus "flat, smooth, even," later "soft" (see plane (n.1)).
The full name of the piano, the common musical instrument with a board of black and white keys, eighty-eight in all. The keys operate hammers that strike wires. Pianoforte is Italian for “soft-loud”; it received this name because its level of loudness depends on how hard the player strikes the keys.