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Fortepiano vs. Piano

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Fortepianonoun

A keyboard instrument; the smaller, quieter, precursor to the pianoforte.

Pianonoun

(musical instruments) A keyboard musical instrument, usually ranging over seven octaves, with white and black colored keys, played by pressing these keys, causing hammers to strike strings.

‘The piano in his house takes up a lot of space.’; ‘She has been taking lessons for many years and now plays piano very well.’; ‘He can play "Happy Birthday" on the piano.’; ‘Most of the works by Frédéric Chopin are for the piano.’;

Fortepiano

A fortepiano [ˌfɔrteˈpjaːno] is an early piano. In principle, the word can designate any piano dating from the invention of the instrument by Bartolomeo Cristofori around 1700 up to the early 19th century.

‘fortepiano’;

Pianoadjective

(music) Soft, quiet.

Pianoadjective

In extended use; quiet, subdued.

Pianoadverb

(music) Softly]], as a musical direction (abbreviated to p. in sheet music).

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Pianoadjective

Soft; - a direction to the performer to execute a certain passage softly, and with diminished volume of tone. (Abbrev. p.

Pianonoun

A well-known musical instrument somewhat resembling the harpsichord, and consisting of a series of wires of graduated length, thickness, and tension, struck by hammers moved by keys.

Pianonoun

a stringed instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds

Pianonoun

(music) low loudness

Pianoadjective

used chiefly as a direction or description in music;

‘the piano passages in the composition’;

Pianoadverb

used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly

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Pianonoun

a large keyboard musical instrument with a wooden case enclosing a soundboard and metal strings, which are struck by hammers when the keys are depressed. The strings' vibration is stopped by dampers when the keys are released and can be regulated for length and volume by two or three pedals.

Pianonoun

a passage performed or marked to be performed softly.

Pianoadverb

(especially as a direction) soft or softly.

Pianoadjective

(especially as a direction) soft or softly.

Piano

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700 (the exact year is uncertain), in which the strings are struck by wooden hammers that are coated with a softer material (modern hammers are covered with dense wool felt; some early pianos used leather). It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.

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