Definition of fortissimo in English:

fortissimo

Line breaks: for¦tis|simo
Pronunciation: /fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
 
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Music

adverb & adjective

(Especially as a direction) very loud or loudly: the movement ends with a fortissimo coda
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  • Polk's coloration, her contrasts between pianissimo and fortissimo moments, are similar to Sviatoslav Richter's rendition of César Franck's Piano Quintet.
  • Mendelssohn uses the 6/8 time to introduce a theme which is not Scottish at all and finishes fortissimo.
  • The D minor fortissimo outburst at letter C always reminds me of Moses on the Mount admonishing Aaron and the sinners below.

noun (plural fortissimos or fortissimi /-mi/)

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A passage performed or marked to be performed very loudly: Tchaikovsky’s fortissimos are given plenty of weight in the bass
More example sentences
  • His touch could be warm, deep, full, and broad in the fortes, and not hard even in the fortissimos; and his pianos, always of carrying power, could be as round and transparent as a dewdrop.
  • Very sensitive was his Verschwiegene Nachtigall and Ein Traum was truly a dream of a performance, with a good fortissimo that was only topped by the immense applause that accompanied the end of the first quarter.
  • The sudden fortissimo in the middle section is probably Janacek storming off in another of his enormous huffs.

Origin

Italian, from Latin fortissimus 'very strong'.

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