Meaning of forte-piano

for•te-pia•no

Pronunciation: (fôr"tā-pē-ä'nōIt.fôr"te-pyä'nô), [key]
— adj., adv. Music.
  1. loud and immediately soft.

for•te•piano

Pronunciation: (fôr"tu pyä'nō), [key]
— n.
  1. a piano of the late 18th and early 19th centuries with greater clarity but less volume, resonance, and dynamic range than a modern grand, revived in the late 20th century for the performance of the music of its period.
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