Definition of fortepiano in English:

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Pronunciation: /fôrtāˈpyanō/

noun (plural fortepianos)

A piano, especially of the kind made in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Example sentences
  • The piano teacher gives all lessons on an early fortepiano that has a knee lever for operating the damper mechanism.
  • Of uncertain origins, he was one of the community of émigré musicians who made an itinerant orchestral career in Britain, playing a variety of wind and string instruments, the fortepiano, and the cittern.
  • He demonstrates on a Stein fortepiano alongside the Steinway, discussing his decisions about articulation and dynamics in key passages.


Mid 18th century: from forte2 + piano2.

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Syllabification: for·te·pi·an·o

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