• WordNet 3.6
    • n forte-piano a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forte-piano In music, characterized by sudden but transient emphasis; loud, then immediately soft; sforzato. Abbreviated fp.
    • n forte-piano The original name of the pianoforte (which see).
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In literature:

But when so played it is one of the surest masterpieces in the entire repertory of the piano-forte.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Music piano until end of act; then forte.
"Three Hats" by Alfred Debrun
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
The name was changed later to piano-forte.
"Harper's Young People, April 20, 1880" by Various
Took tea at Vilamil's, and danced to the piano-forte.
"The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;" by Various
The only valuable article was a piano-forte, for which a regular packing-box lay invitingly ready outside.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
"The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 3" by Robert H. Newell
It is a grand, a very grand piano-forte; a tremendous institution, the invisible end of which stretches far into infinitude.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
He has also written numerous songs and piano-forte pieces.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
When you have a piano for-tea (forte).
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
The piano passages must be taken slower, the forte faster.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
As far as the piano is concerned sentiment is my forte.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
She was acquainted with books, played on the piano forte, and sung beautifully.
"Gleanings by the Way" by John A. Clark
The Fourth Concerto for the Piano-forte; 5th.
"Life of Beethoven" by Anton Schindler
Infinite shadings are to be heard where before were only piano, forte, and mezzo-forte.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
There, for four years she studied vocal music, the piano-forte, and the elements of vocalization.
"Life of Henriette Sontag, Countess de Rossi."
As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte.
"How to Produce Amateur Plays" by Barrett H. Clark
The pipes are also furnished with valves, which can be opened at pleasure, by means of keys similar to those of the piano-forte.
"Popular Technology; Volume 2" by Edward Hazen
There was a Broadwood's grand piano-forte, on which Mr. Foote, although uninstructed, could play skilfully.
"The Further Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, an Oxford Under-Graduate" by Cuthbert Bede
Schubert, Franz: Ossians Gesaenge fuer eine Singstimme mit Begleitung des Piano-Forte.
"Ossian in Germany" by Rudolf Tombo

In poetry:

For the laugh is fled from porch and lawn,
And the bugle died from the fort on the hill,
And the twitter of girls on the stairs is gone,
And the grand piano is still.
"A Newport Romance" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Hank Waters dances to Sutu Forte's piano before giving a remembrance speech.
Columbia Daily Tribune editor and publisher emeritus Hank Waters dances to Sutu Forte's piano before giving a remembrance speech at funeral services of Irene Haskins on Monday at Jesse Auditorium.
Fort Dodge Senior High is getting a new grand piano for its band room.
The piano, or, to use its full name, pianoforte, earned its name because it can be played both quietly (piano) and loudly (forte).

In science:

When notating music, composers have traditionally used Italian words such as “forte” (or “f ”) for loud and “piano” (or “p”) for soft, to indicate dynamics.
Music in Terms of Science