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 (prĕ-stĭs′ə-mō′) Music
adv. & adj.
In as fast a tempo as possible. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. pres·tis·si·mos
A prestissimo passage or movement.

[Italian, superlative of presto, presto; see presto.]


(prɛˈstɪsɪˌməʊ) music
adj, adv
(Music, other) to be played as fast as possible
n, pl -mos
(Music, other) a piece or passage directed to be played in this way
[C18: from Italian: very quickly, from presto fast]


(prɛˈstɪs əˌmoʊ, -ˈsti sə-)

at the most rapid tempo (used as a musical direction).
[1715–25; < Italian: most quickly]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prestissimo - (of tempo) as fast as possible
fast - at a rapid tempo; "the band played a fast fox trot"
Adv.1.prestissimo - extremely fast; as fast as possible; "this passage should be played prestissimo"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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The climax of it is a furious prestissimo, at which the couples seize hands and begin a mad whirling.
It was followed by a blood-hound-like bay from Sir Christopher, a maniacal prestissimo on the organ, and loud cries, for Jimmy.
66) As early as 1841, Moscheles commented that the marking for the first movement produces "so fearful a prestissimo as Beethoven could never have intended," and recommended reducing it to [half note] = 116.
This was followed by a Prestissimo movement, unsettled and vehement in mood, while the finale contained a massive fugue illustrating Verdi's mastery of contrapuntal techniques.
On one memorable occasion, Lhevinne dropped to the floor, prancing wildly around the room on all fours to demonstrate a particular quality of prestissimo for his young student.
Sensitive balance with a bass guitar led to crazy prestissimo fingerwork.
It features, he reveals, an opening on alto flute, and ends with what's being billed "a scintillating prestissimo coda".
Il Neorealismo, pero, e finito subito, prestissimo.
Say played famous composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso, Allegro con spirito, Andantino semplice, Prestissimo ve Tempo I" as well as "Alegro con fuco".
No obstante, el esteta checo toma literalmente los movimientos musicales en su hipotiposis explicativa de sus anacronias novelescas: adagio, moderato, presto y prestissimo (Kundera, El arte 101-102) que corresponderian, respectivamente, al cuarteto genettiano pausa, escena, sumario y elipsis:
Carl Scott is president (or il Presidente, as he sometimes goes by) of chamber member Prestissimo Window Cleaning Co.
Like all farce, however, this is a deceptively difficult play to bring off and while the stagecraft and the pace of Leighton Hirst's production are creditable, I feel that if The Man With Two Gaffers were to work really well, the tempo would have to be increased to prestissimo and the levels of mannerism and exaggeration pushed to the extreme.