adverb & adjective
- (Especially as a direction) very loud or loudly: the movement ends with a fortissimo codaMore example sentences
- 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/)Back to top
- A passage performed or marked to be performed very loudly: Tchaikovsky’s fortissimos are given plenty of weight in the bassMore 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.
Italian, from Latin fortissimus 'very strong'.
More definitions of fortissimoDefinition of fortissimo in:
- The US English dictionary