[sfawrt-sahn-doh; Italian sfawr-tsahn-daw]
- with force; emphatically.
Origin of sforzando
1795–1805; < Italian, gerund of sforzare to show strength < Vulgar Latin *exfortiāre; see effort
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Examples from the Web for sforzando
Every note marked long in pianoforte music is therefore essentially a sforzando followed by a rapid diminuendo.Twentieth Century Inventions
Again a sforzando chord rang out, again came the jarring response.An American Girl in Munich
Mabel W. Daniels
Victor had much difficulty in reading the notes readily and not confounding the terms adagio, presto, and sforzando.Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2
So often as a Sforzando occured, he tore his arms which he had previously crossed upon his breast, with great vehemence asunder.
At the first sforzando he threw out his arms so wide asunder, that he knocked both the lights off the piano upon the ground.
- to be played with strong initial attackAbbreviation: sf
- a symbol, mark, etc, such as >, written above a note, indicating this
C19: from Italian, from sforzare to force, from ex- 1 + forzare, from Vulgar Latin fortiāre (unattested) to force 1
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Word Origin and History for sforzando
"with sudden energy or impulse," 1801, from Italian sforzando, gerundive of sforza "to force" (see effort).
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