Una-corda meaning

o͝onə kôrdə
With the soft pedal of the piano depressed. Used chiefly as a direction.
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With the soft pedal depressed.
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(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.
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Origin of una-corda

  • Italian 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition