mezzo piano


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mezzo pi·a·no

 (pē-ä′nō)
adv. & adj. Abbr. mp Music
Moderately soft. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian : mezzo, half + piano, soft.]
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mez′zo pia′no

(piˈɑ noʊ)
adj., adv.
Music. louder than piano but softer than forte; moderately soft.
[1805–15; < Italian: literally, half soft]
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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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This is a very quiet piece, the dynamic level remaining at piano, pianissimo, or mezzo piano most of the time, rising only once to forte before subsiding to a luminous pianissimo ending.
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a couple years ago, it was the first time since eighth grade band class that I had actually thought about "dynamics." You know, terms like staccato, crescendo, diminuendo, fortissimo to legato mezzo piano andante?
In the C minor slow movement the first solo is marked forte; but that dynamic level surely holds only for two bars: the lyrical melody that follows, accompanied by the strings, whose parts are marked Soli p, suggests a dynamic level of mezzo forte or mezzo piano (ex.3).
Themelodic and dynamic ranges for the singer are less demanding than the more emotional first two songs of the cycle, extending only to G4 and dynamically from mezzo piano to forte.
We correct mechanics like hand position, fingering creativity or mezzo pianos that are too loud.