fortepiano

forte-piano

[fawr-tey-pee-ah-noh; Italian fawr-te-pyah-naw]
adjective, adverb Music.
loud and immediately soft.

Origin:
1760–70

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fortepiano

[fawr-tuh-pyah-noh]
noun
a piano of the late 18th and early 19th centuries with greater clarity but less volume, resonance, and dynamic range than a modern grand, revived in the late 20th century for the performance of the music of its period.

Origin:
1760–70; early variant of pianoforte

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fortepiano (ˌfɔːtɪpɪˈænəʊ)
 
n
an early type of piano popular in the late 18th century
 
[from Italian, loud-soft]

forte-piano (ˌfɔːtɪˈpjɑːnəʊ)
 
adj, —adv
1.  fp loud and then immediately soft
 
n
2.  a note played in this way

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