from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a very loud manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. A note, chord, or passage played fortissimo.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. comparative form of forte: more forte
- adv. comparative form of forte: more forte
- adv. The musical term indicating that the piece is played very loud.
- n. The dynamic sign indicating that the piece should be played fortissimo. Abbreviation: ff.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Very loud; with the utmost strength or loudness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, very loud: noting a passage that is intended to be so rendered. Abbreviated ff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. chiefly a direction or description in music
- adv. a direction in music; to be played very loudly
- n. (music) loud
Again and again, we experience a Baroque church as a unique kind of fortissimo of joy, an Alleluia in visual form.
So far, this scribe detects two "fortissimo" candidates -- people palpably impatient to get in office and shake things up.
Beethoven's many accents were given little attention, and rarely did the group produce a real, full-throated fortissimo.
Near silence or crashing fortissimo, simple melody or, as in the finale of the Bruckner, an enormous double fugue, he hardly alters his demeanour.
It takes a lot of calculating to sing a role as challenging as Butterfly, but in Naglestad's case the calculation was sometimes visible enough to dull the dramatic edge: a pause before a high note, a slightly too-deliberate leap into fortissimo in "Un bel di."
He turned to the orchestra, told them the cue, and picked up from a vigorous fortissimo section.
Excitement, splendid orchestral playing and rousing fortissimo sections are three hallmarks of Gustavo Dudamel's performances of the three Tchaikovsky symphonic overtures based on Shakespeare.
Even more so was the Vienna Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez doing Berg's "Lulu-Suite" and Mahler's "Das Klagende Lied"; though their fortissimo passages were even surpassed in volume by the three Tchaikovsky/Shakespeare pieces performed by the youthful Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by their guru, Gustavo Dudamel.
Then the full orchestra lets rip for the next phrases, marked fortissimo, with cymbals crashing.
With a mighty descending gesture of massed violins and woodwinds the storm unleashes its fury over rolling timpani, pounding bass drum and fortissimo brass chords.