from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The technique or execution of piano playing.

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  • n. One's way of playing the piano

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act, process, or result of performing music upon the pianoforte; the technique of the pianoforte; the adaptation of a piece of music to effective performance on the pianoforte.

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  • n. performance by or technique of a pianist


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piano +‎ -ism


  • Together with his exact contemporary Sviatoslav Richter 1915-97, Gilels occupied a twin peak in Russian pianism during the second half of the 20th century, and listening to these well remastered recordings from the Fifties and Sixties, it is not hard to appreciate why. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Since Maurizio Pollini began his five-concert 'project' with the first half of Bach's 'Well-tempered Klavier' - pianism's Old Testament - it was appropriate that he should follow it with the last three works in Beethoven's sonata cycle, aka pianism's New Testament.

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  • Howard Shelley's performance is refreshingly free from empty showmanship or narcissistic 'pianism'.


  • Moviegoers can hear his sensitive pianism on the soundtrack to this year's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," featuring the music of Alexandre Desplat.

    A Classicist in the Modern Age

  • When Clementi went to Russia, he brought along his pupil, the Irish pianist John Field, who remained there, training a generation of pianists and laying the foundation for the school of Russian pianism.

    From Honkytonk To High Art

  • As for Chouchan, a more distinct articulation in his pianism, particularly in the rapid passages, would come closer to a true Schubertian style.

    Rodney Punt: Schubert's Winterreise from Le Salon de Musiques

  • He is at the top of his game in all of the elements of jazz pianism: touch, dynamics, harmonic imagination, swing, power and delicacy.

    A Sweet Celebration, Secretly Recorded

  • So there is much to explore here, as well as Schiff's formidably incisive, subtle and persuasive pianism to relish.

    Schumann: Geistervariationen – review

  • His vocal style, with its Southern accent and gospel inflections, was strongly American-influenced, as was his pianism, an ornate, gospel-flavored elaboration of the stylings of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.

    Five People Born on March 25 | myFiveBest

  • This reflects the kind of pianism to which Piemontesi aspires: composer wins over ego, musical integrity over flashiness, tireless preparation over hopeful inspiration.

    Francesco Piemontesi: Recital – review


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