mezzo forte

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mezzo for·te

adv. & adj. Abbr. mf Music
Moderately loud. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian : mezzo, half + forte, loud.]
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mez′zo for′te

(ˈfɔr teɪ)
adj., adv.
Music. softer than forte but louder than piano; moderately loud.
[1805–15; < Italian: literally, half loud]
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mezzo forte

moderately loud
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The second violin plays mezzo forte while everyone else plays piano-, then the viola plays mezzo forte while everyone else plays piano, and so on.
As Gerald Strang pointed out in his 1968 catalogue essay, music composition can be a lot like computer programming: "If I write a series of notes and I say this passage is to be played mezzo forte by the oboe, with certain particular kinds of attacks and certain phrasing ...
Mezzo forte had been achieved con amore and we continued our crescendo to the main course.
However, there was a noticeable wobble in his voice, and it seemed as though the only dynamics he could muster were mezzo forte and forte.
And in this area, I think, the Singers could have brought more tonal variety and dynamic contrast to certain choruses, at least in the oratorio's first part: Too often in that half, the choral sound, movement-to-movement, was homogenous and dynamics rarely sounded less than mezzo forte.
The dynamic level of her line will peak only at a mezzo forte, and phrases frequently end with a diminuendo on a high note.
Sub-elements and common terms and instructional terminology may include: volume, dynamic terms (pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte, fortissimo, etc.) balance, dynamic contour, crescendo and decrescendo (and the understanding of how to use this technique to shape phrases for the fundamentals of expression), tension/release, terrace dynamics, subito, fortepiano, pianoforte, sforando piano, intensity, nuances, calando, niente, dal niente, smorzando, sotto voce, rilievo, calando, morendo, perdendo, accent, marcato.
I doubt the musicians were playing in a range constantly between mezzo forte and forte.
This was a performance full of life and energy though if there was one slight reservation,it was that the choral movements tended to be constant mezzo forte, with little variation.