piano

Definitions

  • A boy covers his ears while a girl plays the piano
    A boy covers his ears while a girl plays the piano
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj piano used chiefly as a direction or description in music "the piano passages in the composition"
    • adv piano used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
    • n piano a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
    • n piano (music) low loudness
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Piano Bench in Quarter-Sawed Oak Piano Bench in Quarter-Sawed Oak
I can write my name on the piano I can write my name on the piano
"HENRIETTE WAS TESTING THE FIFTY-THOUSAND-DOLLAR PIANO" "HENRIETTE WAS TESTING THE FIFTY-THOUSAND-DOLLAR PIANO"
No one but Beth could get much music out of the old piano No one but Beth could get much music out of the old piano
Electric piano Electric piano
Frame 1: A man convinces an older woman to play the piano for him. Frame 2: The man kisses the hand of the girl that the older woman had been sitting with Frame 1: A man convinces an older woman to play the piano for him. Frame 2: The man kisses the hand of the girl that...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average medium size piano has about 230 strings
    • n Piano (Mus) A well-known musical instrument somewhat resembling the harpsichord, and consisting of a series of wires of graduated length, thickness, and tension, struck by hammers moved by keys.
    • a. & adv Piano (Mus) Soft; -- a direction to the performer to execute a certain passage softly, and with diminished volume of tone. (Abbrev. p.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: French composer Erik Satie holds the record for shortest and longest composition in the world. His piano piece Vexations lasts for just under a minute. However, Satie states in the score that it should be played 840 times in succession a nonstop playing time of 14 hours.
    • piano In music, soft; with little force or loudness: opposed to forte. Usually abbreviated p.
    • n piano A pianoforte.
    • piano Softly; in a low tone or voice. Abbreviated p.
    • n piano A passage or series of notes sung or played softly; a soft or gentle tone.
    • n piano In Italian, a story; a floor; the French étage: in English, used only in such borrowed phrases as piano nobile, the principal story; pian' terreno, a ground floor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Paul Reiser played the piano in the "Mad about You" theme.
    • adv Piano (mus.) softly
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Quotations

  • Tom Waits
    Tom Waits
    “The piano has been drinking, not me.”
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading.”
  • Joan Didion
    Joan%20Didion
    “Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.”
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    “If I'm going to Hell, I'm going there playing the piano.”
  • Tom Lehrer
    Tom Lehrer
    “Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.”
  • Michael Levine
    Michael Levine
    “Having children makes one no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. piano, soft (fr. L. planus, even, smooth; see Plain (a.)) + It. forte, strong, fr. L. fortis,see Fort)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It., piano, soft—L. planus, plane, forte, strong—L. fortis, strong.

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Gracewood told me how to handle the grand piano.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic
No woman who respects herself ought to play the piano nowadays.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
And Miriam has a genius for the piano.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
The universal currency of Schumann's piano music can not be said to have made much progress until the appearance of Rubinstein.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Two candles were standing on the piano; Eleanore was leaning up against the side of the piano.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He saw that the driver took him for a piano-tuner.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Elizabeth Eliza had a present of a piano, and she was to take lessons of the postmaster's daughter.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
None of you girls can beat me on the piano.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
She rose from the piano-stool.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Captain Desmond, in undress uniform, sat at the piano with his back towards her.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
He brought the score of the operetta to Gray Gables last night and we tried it over on the piano.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
The Italians do not say 'I play the piano,' but rather 'I sound the piano.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
On a narrow platform at one end of the hall is the piano.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
The bottom and top notes of a piano make respectively about 40 and 4,000 vibrations a second.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
As she went to the piano, Eric moved across the room to Agnes' chair and suggested that they should go out on the terrace.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
He pulled off his gloves with rather an impatient gesture, seated himself at the piano, and struck some chords, in an annoyed manner.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
The painted Jezebel had a real piano, and she could play it, people said.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
It struck Eugene as curious now, that they had never had a piano.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Between the last two are the bar and kitchen and Beau's piano.
"The Big Time" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
Miss Turner, standing near the piano, controlled any excess of conversation, and reduced it to a subdued murmur.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
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In poetry:

Then on-to play one-fingered tunes
Upon my aunt's piano.
In short, I have a headlong soul,
I much resemble Hanno.
"On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
No furniture-save a piano
The mice are all moving away!
Even the flies have tears in their eyes,
And the clock's going round the wrong way!
"The Miser" by T W Connor
The approach of love is like a storm:
You feel a dampness in your pores
But still it's calm - the piano's sound
Can yet be heard beyond the doors.
""The sense that love is coming's worse..."" by Konstantin Simonov
I indulged him, verily nerve-strained
Being alone,
And I moved the things as bidden.
One by one,
And feigned to push the old piano where he had shown.
"The Re-Enactment" by Thomas Hardy
Oh, how the roses riot in their bloom!
The curtains stir as with an ancient pain;
Her old piano gleams from out the gloom
And waits and waits her tender touch in vain.
"Music In The Bush" by Robert W Service
Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.
"Piano" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Since she was 5 years old, Chap played classical music on the piano.
He said that Dudamel has been spending time in the past months in Los Angeles at the piano.
Piano Sonata #31 in Ab, Op 110.
A review of the Seattle Symphony's performance on Nov 1, 2012, with soloist Emanuel Ax on Brahms' Second Piano Concerto.
Croce started singing and playing piano in his mother's restaurant, ' Croce 's.
Regina Spektor always has this gadget on her piano always displays the same time.
Mohammed Fairouz's Piano Miniatures attracted attention at Katie Reamer's surprise concert at the Gables at East Mountain just before Hurricane Sandy.
ELKHART — A weekend blaze at the old Walter Piano building on Beardsley Avenue might have sparked additional interest in seeing the structure torn down, but city officials say they're moving as fast as possible.
Piano Trio #4 "Dumky" in e, Op 90.
Piano Concerto in a, Op 54.
I HAD TAKEN piano lessons when I was very young but didn't care for them.
"The whole problem with pianos is they're organic, constantly changing," Mr Coners said.
She's a marathon runner, a classical piano player and speaks French as a hobby.
In 1860 his family moved to Jihlava, where Gustav took piano and theory lessons.
Bechstein, whose family firm made pianos, and his wife were early and generous supporters of Hitler in the 1920s.
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In science:

Rolf Bader, Fractal dimension analysis of complexity in Ligeti piano pieces, J.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Their great techniques, creation and abundant experience lead the art of piano to present prosperity.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
The reason why piano attracts so many people is mostly because of its unique tones.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
At the same time, there are still several open questions, but this encourages us to do more in the physical research about piano making and playing.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
IV) Piano’s tones depend on the ratios of fundamental and harmonic frequencies of the standing waves on the string.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
IV) The problem about the tone of a piano is an interesting question, in the sense of both physics and psychology.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
On the other hand, we still can do more in the theoretical research of simulation and analysis of real pianos, to make piano manufacturing and playing more accurate and pleasant.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
This can be used to explain a phenomenon in piano adjustment.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
Five Lectures on the Acoustics of the Piano.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
This problem becomes evident when we try to expand our tuning to the chromatic keys (the black keys on a piano) and to transpose a song to different keys, because of the difference in intervals between various notes.
Music in Terms of Science
Therefore, tuning a piano is a timeconsuming task that requires lots of patience.
Music in Terms of Science
For playing music in different keys, a piano is typically tuned according to the equal temperament (see section 2.1.2).
Music in Terms of Science
However, fine piano tuning requires an assessment of the interaction among notes, which is different for every piano, thus in practice requiring slightly different pitches from any theoretical standard.
Music in Terms of Science
On the “piano movers” problem II: General techniques for computing topological properties of real algebraic manifolds.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
On the “piano movers” problem II: General techniques for computing topological properties of real algebraic manifolds.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
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