from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as sforzando.
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The terms _sforzando_, _forzando_, _sforzato_ and _forzato_ all indicate a strong accent on a single tone or chord.
It is generally understood as equivalent to a clivis with the first note prolonged and rendered sforzato.
He ran up the D flat scale, ending with a sforzato at the top, and gave a variety of nuance to the composition.
I remember an occasion when all the musicians began to breathe at ease on my taking this piece at the true moderate pace: then the humorous sforzato of the basses and bassoons at once produced an intelligible effect; the short crescendi became clear, the delicate pianissimo close was effective, and the gentle gravity of the returning principal movement was properly felt.
Figrured the '05 vintage would give a relatively opulent and heady sforzato, but this was more subdued and drier overall than my expectations.