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