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 (pē′ə-nĭs′ə-mō′) Music
adv. & adj. Abbr. pp
In a very soft or quiet tone. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. pi·a·nis·si·mos
A part of a composition played very softly or quietly.

[Italian, superlative of piano, soft; see piano2.]


adj, adv
(Classical Music) music (to be performed) very quietly. Symbol: pp
[C18: from Italian, superlative of piano soft]


(ˌpi əˈnɪs əˌmoʊ, pyɑ-)

adj., adv., n., pl. -mos. Music. adj.
1. very soft.
2. very softly.
3. a passage or movement played in this way.
[1715–25; < Italian, superlative of piano piano2]


very softly
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pianissimo - (music) low loudness
softness - a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency; "and in softness almost beyond hearing"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
Adj.1.pianissimo - chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
piano, soft - used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition"
Adv.1.pianissimo - a direction in musicpianissimo - a direction in music; to be played very softly
fortissimo, very loudly - a direction in music; to be played very loudly


advpianissimo, sehr leise; to play pianissimopianissimo spielen
adjpianissimo inv, → sehr leise; the pianissimo sectiondas Pianissimo
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She looked playful reproach at Stephen, who was sauntering up and down, and was just singing in pianissimo falsetto,--
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In her final aria, "Solo, perduta, abbandonata," she conveyed an appropriate dose of vulnerability, floating a pianissimo as she uttered her last words.
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Pianissimo (S4C, 9pm) Ffilm am ddiffyg cyfathrebu o fewn teulu ydi Pianissimo, o ganlyniad i anallu''r rhieni i ddelio a digwyddiad erchyll yn eu bywydau.
PIANISSIMO S4C, 9pm Ffilm am ddiffyg cyfathrebu o fewn teulu yw Pianissimo, o ganlyniad i anallu'r rhieni i ddelio a digwyddiad erchyll yn eu bywydau.
He explained that the pianissimo opening was to remind us all that the anthem is actually a prayer, which he felt should be sung quietly and with reverence, asking that 'God save our gracious Queen' rather than loudly demanding as in some versions.
Conductor Vasily Petrenko brought out a sublime orchestral pianissimo here, something in total contrast to a precise but not overly rushed vivace.
The strings had shimmered with poised pianissimo tension in the Schubert and brought an insistent and forceful drive to Dvorak's dramatic Seventh Symphony.
Recently, the Boston Globe wrote that I relied too much on pianissimo to create color.