Definition of pianissimo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɪəˈnɪsɪməʊ/

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) very soft or softly.
Example sentences
  • 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/)

A passage performed or marked to be performed very softly.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Italian, superlative of piano (see piano2).

Words that rhyme with pianissimo

altissimo, fortissimo, generalissimo

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