- a piano.
Origin of pianoforte
Related Words for pianoforteinstrument, keyboard, player, clavier, pianoforte, clavichord, pianola, spinet
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As I left him he was mildly bemoaning his own lack of skill on the pianoforte.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Would it be asking too much of you to play the pianoforte accompaniment?The First Violin
Again we are indebted to Italy for the invention and name of the pianoforte.How the Piano Came to Be
Ellye Howell Glover
Perhaps there would be no longer our pianoforte, our keyboard.
If it could sustain tone, it would no longer be a pianoforte.
- the full name for piano 1
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.