Definition of con sordino in English:

con sordino

adverb

Music
  • (especially as a direction) with the use of a mute.

    • ‘He specifies that the timpani be played con sordino in a section of the piece.’
    • ‘I want the piece played con sordino from beginning to end.’
    • ‘Instruments played con sordino fully fit this model too.’
    • ‘There are emotional crescendos for sure, but as a whole it's a very restrained and sophisticated little score with a lot of careful writing for solo woodwinds and piano, backed up by warm strings con sordino.’
    • ‘I notice that the passage I quoted from the 3rd is marked (and played) con sordino.’

Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation:

con sordino

/ˌkɒn sɔːˈdiːnəʊ/