Definition of mezzo forte in English:

mezzo forte

Syllabification: mez·zo for·te
Pronunciation: /ˌmetsō ˈfôrtā, ˌmedzō
 
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Music

adverb & adjective

(Especially as a direction) moderately loud.
More example sentences
  • Forty sting players - each playing pianissimo - will collectively sound nearly mezzo forte.
  • Although singing most of the time only mezzo forte, his pronunciation is good, his coloraturas flow weightlessly and his piano is clear and sure.
  • The feathery pianissimo lightness in the upper strings against the mezzo forte melody lower down is perfectly weighted.

noun

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A moderately high volume of sound.
More example sentences
  • In Mahler there are unison passages between clarinets and violas in which the clarinets are marked mezzo forte crescendo to fortissimo and the violas are marked fortissimo diminuendo to mezzo forte - all on the same note.
  • Fortissimo is louder than forte and mezzo forte, but don't bang; it'll… destroy the music completely.
  • In their place are grating, electronic arrangements that never get below a mezzo forte.

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