mezzo piano

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mezzo pi·a·no

adv. & adj. Abbr. mp Music
Moderately soft. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian : mezzo, half + piano, soft.]

mez′zo pia′no

(piˈɑ noʊ)
adj., adv.
Music. louder than piano but softer than forte; moderately soft.
[1805–15; < Italian: literally, half soft]

mezzo piano

moderately soft
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Like most American tenors, he shows reluctance to drop below mezzo piano, but the spinto is genuine and he persuasively suggested that greater refinement would not benefit the role.
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When it says Mezzoforte in both parts, it often means that the pianist should be Mezzo piano and the violinist, for example, should be Mezzo forte-plus.
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