Definition of mezzo piano in English:

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mezzo piano

Pronunciation: /ˌmetsō ˈpyänō/ Pronunciation: /ˌmedzō/

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) moderately soft.
Example sentences
  • In Figure 2, from Robert Schumann's Of Strange Lands and People, I suggest playing the soprano line mezzo piano, the bass piano and the triplets that lie between pianissimo.
  • He rarely ventured above a mezzo piano dynamic, and high notes, when they were needed, were executed not from the chest but in a heart-melting falsetto.


A moderately low volume of sound.
Example sentences
  • I suggest mezzo piano for most of Variation 27 followed by a subito forte right at the beginning of Variation 28.
  • Nothing about Cathy could hide unnoticed, appear in muted pastels, or be restricted to the palette between pianissimo and mezzo piano.
  • Kempff is most distinctive when he is most intimate; he was a master of the mezzo piano and all the dynamic gradations that surrounded it.

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Syllabification: mez·zo pi·a·no

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