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adjective & adverbMusic
(especially as a direction) very soft or softly.
A passage marked to be performed very softly.
- ‘She makes great use of pianissimi and the way she controls the legato gives her performances a subtlety not often heard.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Few pianists produce such gorgeous pianissimos!’
- ‘The surging waves of orchestral sound, radiant pianissimos and brilliant flashes of color were awesome!’
- ‘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.’
Italian, superlative of piano (see piano).
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