One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
As a musical direction: weightily, ponderously; in the style indicated by the direction.
Weighty, ponderous; played or marked to be played ‘pesante’.
A passage to be played ‘pesante’; a musical direction to play in this manner.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Stainer (1840–1901), musicologist and composer. From Italian pesante heavy.
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