Fortepiano meaning

fôr'tā-pē-ăn'ō, -ä'nō
Any of various precursors to the modern piano.
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The piano of the 18th and early 19th cent.
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Loud(ly) and then soft(ly)
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A keyboard instrument; the smaller, quieter, precursor to the pianoforte.
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Origin of fortepiano

  • Italian variant of pianoforte pianoforte
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition