The two first measures are so pianissimo that we scarcely hear them, but the vague and far-away voices come slowly nearer.
The pianissimo of choruses and orchestras is seldom soft enough.
Yes, I think it IS very sweet—and very solemn and impressive, if you get the andantino and the pianissimo right.
At that part there are two pauses in quick succession, the second of which, is pianissimo.
Every advantage was afforded her, for only a handful of instruments accompanied her, and these were toned down to pianissimo.
It was very rapid, very staccato, and pianissimo all the way through.
It begins ravishingly with flutes and clarinets and four violins, pianissimo, followed by a blare of brass.
Like all love-songs it is legato, andante, and pianissimo, but at the same time noticeably original and characteristic.
At first the body of sound seemed overpowering, for there was no pianissimo, and not one of the regular orchestral effects.
It is followed by a pianissimo chorus of the guards whispering to each other to “secure the passes round the glen.”
A musical direction meaning “to be performed very softly”; the opposite of fortissimo.