una cordau·na cor·da
[also in italics]Musical Direction with the soft pedal depressed: a note to the pianist
Origin of una cordaIt, literally , one string: the pedal allows the hammers to strike only one of the strings provided for each key
With the soft pedal of the piano depressed. Used chiefly as a direction.
Origin of una cordaItalian una one corda string (so called because depressing the soft pedal causes only one string to be struck of the two or three provided for each note)
- (music) In piano music, the notation indicating that the player depresses the soft pedal, altering, and reducing the volume of the sound. In many pianos, this results in the hammer striking one string rather than three.