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adverb & adjectiveMusic
(especially as a direction) sweetly and softly.
- ‘My next solo was also marked piano dolce.’
- ‘The third of a triad may be emphasized above its root or fifth to create a ‘sweeter’ quality in a dolce passage.’
- ‘Though marked pianissimo and dolce, Piano I intensifies the accompaniment of the bell effects.’
- ‘So the question is: Can flutes play dolce music?’
- ‘The piano is often in the leading parts, and the accompanying parts play piano dolce, that's almost an entire degree softer, on the way to pianissimo.’
Italian, literally sweet.
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