from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music In a loud, then suddenly soft, manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, characterized by sudden but transient emphasis; loud, then immediately soft; sforzato. Abbreviated fp.
- n. The original name of the pianoforte (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
Among the list of Professor Chua's "don'ts" during the rearing of her own children was allowing them to attend sleepovers; to get grades beneath an "A"; and to play any instrument other than the violin or piano no exclusion for the viola or forte-piano.
The next name given to it was _forte-piano_, which signified soft, with power; and this name became _piano-forte_, which it still retains.
Philadelphia, who "has invented one of the prettiest improvements in the forte-piano I have ever seen."
You should say _forte-piano, _ not _piano-forte_: and the
He has here at home a harpsichord, forte-piano, harmonica, guitar, violin, and German flutes, and at Williamsburg, he has a good pipe organ.
Thus he wrote to Artaria in 1788: "I was obliged to buy a new forte-piano, that I might compose your clavier sonatas particularly well."
His instrument was called _forte-piano_ or _pianoforte_, because it would strike loud or soft.
She promised to give you now and then a lesson on the forte-piano; is she as good as her word?
She must either have a forte-piano at home, or renounce learning it.
I lived on the old homestead, man and boy, and was married and had a family of children, for forty years and rising, when my wife would send my daughters to a fashionable school in Wetherville, to learn French and darning-work and the forte-piano.