Definition of pianissimo in English:
(Especially as a direction) very soft or softly.
- The conductor emphasises them strongly against pianissimo strings to marvelous effect, more so than in any other interpretation on disc.
- Because of the frequent register changes, the student continually must be moving to and preparing for the next sound in order to create a fluid, legato line within a predominantly pianissimo dynamic range.
- From the furiously fast runs of the opening to the lyrical to the rapturous to pianissimo trills that were hardly there, the playing was stunning.
noun (plural pianissimos or pianissimi /ˌpɪəˈnɪsɪmi/)Back to top
A passage performed or marked to be performed very softly.
- Few pianists produce such gorgeous pianissimos!
- The surging waves of orchestral sound, radiant pianissimos and brilliant flashes of color were awesome!
- Today's pianists must work with plastic, wood, felt,, copper, iron and steel to make all kinds of sounds ranging from delicate pianissimos to robust fortissimos.
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