Definition of mezzo piano in English:

mezzo piano

adverb & adjective

  • (especially as a direction) moderately soft.

    • ‘He rarely ventured above a mezzo piano dynamic, and high notes, when they were needed, were executed not from the chest but in a heart-melting falsetto.’
    • ‘In Figure 2, from Robert Schumann's Of Strange Lands and People, I suggest playing the soprano line mezzo piano, the bass piano and the triplets that lie between pianissimo.’


  • [mass noun] A moderately low volume.

    ‘the chorus sings its final line in a velvety mezzo piano’
    • ‘I suggest mezzo piano for most of Variation 27 followed by a subito forte right at the beginning of Variation 28.’
    • ‘Nothing about Cathy could hide unnoticed, appear in muted pastels, or be restricted to the palette between pianissimo and mezzo piano.’
    • ‘Kempff is most distinctive when he is most intimate; he was a master of the mezzo piano and all the dynamic gradations that surrounded it.’