One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piano, especially of the kind made in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
- ‘Of uncertain origins, he was one of the community of émigré musicians who made an itinerant orchestral career in Britain, playing a variety of wind and string instruments, the fortepiano, and the cittern.’
- ‘The piano teacher gives all lessons on an early fortepiano that has a knee lever for operating the damper mechanism.’
- ‘Although fortepianos have higher decay rates than their 20th Century cousins, Bilson manipulates that decay with such skill you can feel the tail of silence quiver.’
- ‘The pianist's clipped articulation does suggest a fortepiano more than a modern concert grand, but interpretively, Kovacevich presents Beethoven as a nose-thumber out to turn things on their ears.’
- ‘He demonstrates on a Stein fortepiano alongside the Steinway, discussing his decisions about articulation and dynamics in key passages.’
Mid 18th century: from forte + piano.
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