Definition of pianissimo in English:

pianissimo

adverb & adjective

Music
  • (especially as a direction) very soft or softly.

    • ‘There was some impressive solo playing from the woodwind principals in this performance and the orchestra produced a beautifully controlled pianissimo ending.’
    • ‘Because of the frequent register changes, the student continually must be moving to and preparing for the next sound in order to create a fluid, legato line within a predominantly pianissimo dynamic range.’
    • ‘From the furiously fast runs of the opening to the lyrical to the rapturous to pianissimo trills that were hardly there, the playing was stunning.’
    • ‘The conductor emphasises them strongly against pianissimo strings to marvelous effect, more so than in any other interpretation on disc.’
    • ‘The feathery pianissimo lightness in the upper strings against the mezzo forte melody lower down is perfectly weighted.’

noun

Music
  • A passage performed or marked to be performed very softly.

    • ‘The surging waves of orchestral sound, radiant pianissimos and brilliant flashes of color were awesome!’
    • ‘And as performance dates drew close rehearsals became almost terrifying in their propulsive, impelling commitment - pianissimos were scaled to a whisper and fortes forceful and triumphant.’
    • ‘She makes great use of pianissimi and the way she controls the legato gives her performances a subtlety not often heard.’
    • ‘Few pianists produce such gorgeous pianissimos!’
    • ‘Today's pianists must work with plastic, wood, felt,, copper, iron and steel to make all kinds of sounds ranging from delicate pianissimos to robust fortissimos.’

Origin

Italian, superlative of piano (see piano).

Pronunciation

pianissimo

/ˌpɪəˈnɪsɪməʊ/