fortepiano [fawr-tuh-pyah-noh] Word Origin 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 of fortepiano First recorded in 1760–70; early variant offorte-piano [fawr-tey-pee-ah-noh; Italian fawr-te-pyah-naw] adjective, adverb Music.
- loud and immediately soft.
Origin of forte-piano First recorded in 1760–70 British Dictionary definitions for fortepiano fortepiano noun
- an early type of piano popular in the late 18th century
Word Origin for fortepiano from Italian, loud-soft forte-piano adjective, adverb
- loud and then immediately softSymbol: fp
- a note played in this way