Definition of sordino in English:

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sordino

Pronunciation: /sôrˈdēnō/

noun (plural sordini /-nē/)

Music
1A mute.
Example sentences
  • Musicians played in a park, using cardboard boxes as sordinos and adapting their music to sounds in the surroundings.
  • An adagio for the symphony - earth, worms and misery, fortissimo and sordinos [mutes], lots of sordinos.
  • A friend and I decided to make a ‘sword fight’ using trumpet mutes, which are also known as sordinos or sords for short.
1.1 (sordini) (On a piano) the dampers.
Example sentences
  • Take a very famous example: before the first movement of the ‘Moonlight Sonata’, Beethoven very distinctly writes ‘senza sordino’, a clear indication that on today's piano very little pedal should be used.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Italian, from sordo 'mute', from Latin surdus.

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