The only valuable article was a pianoforte, for which a regular packing-box lay invitingly ready outside.
Again we are indebted to Italy for the invention and name of the pianoforte.
I am now completely absorbed in the composition of a pianoforte concerto.
Perhaps there would be no longer our pianoforte, our keyboard.
I get up at 8.30, and when I do not go to the school I stay indoors and play the pianoforte.
If it could sustain tone, it would no longer be a pianoforte.
Fantasia Concerto, in two movements, for pianoforte, with orchestral accompaniment.
How you would enjoy playing it on the pianoforte if you only knew how!
Novel-reading, jingling at a pianoforte—merely other names for idleness—these are the parents of such follies.
But did you know that he's written some charming little pieces 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.