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 (sfôrt-sän′dō) also for·zan·do (fôrt-sän′dō)Music
adv. & adj. Abbr. sfz or sf
Suddenly or strongly accented. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. sfor·zan·dos or sfor·zan·di (-dē)
A sforzando tone or chord.

[Italian, gerund of sforzare, to use force : s-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + forzare, to force (from Vulgar Latin *fortiāre, from Latin fortis, strong; see fortis).]

sfor·zan′do adv.
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(sfɔːˈtsɑːndəʊ) or


adj, adv
(Classical Music) to be played with strong initial attack. Abbreviation: sf
(Classical Music) a symbol, mark, etc, such as >, written above a note, indicating this
[C19: from Italian, from sforzare to force, from ex-1 + forzare, from Vulgar Latin fortiāre (unattested) to force1]
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(sfɔrtˈsɑn doʊ)

also forzando

adj., adv. Music.
with force; emphatically.
[1795–1805; < Italian, ger. of sforzare to show strength]
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strongly accented
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sforzando - an accented chord
chord - a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
2.sforzando - (music) a notation written above a note and indicating that it is to be played with a strong initial attack
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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Tous les moyens sont reunis pour une complication extreme du discours musical: agitation, virtuosite, nuances forte et fortissimo, indications marcato et sforzando, rythmes divers et varies (pointe, division binaire ou ternaire de la croche, syncopes), passages entre arpeges brises, gammes conjointes, lignes melodiques, tierces paralleles, intervalles diminues, octaves paralleles, etc.
Saturday, "A Night of Vocal Arts" features the trio, joined by Eugene vocal ensembles Divisi, Mind The Gap, Euphonics, the UO Gospel Singers and Sforzando (tickets are $18, $9 for students).
Cioe io mi sto sforzando di comunicare con te, non e che voglio farti perdere tempo, pero mi piacerebbe cosi ...
Sforzando: Way back I heard about a master class clinician--I can't remember who--translating for a student, "Sforzando means: Sfor God's sake, do something!" (It's the same for <> written on single notes, but more gently.)
Getty gives us every trademark sound from the Universal and Hammer movie handbook - tremolando strings, percussion glissandi and hammered sforzando chords.
After the opening orchestral introduction, the piano makes its first appearance with a sforzando recasting of the dark chromatic descent heard in the opening.
Then the rondo theme returns in a codetta (quasi presto), and the composer piles crescendo and schmetternd (blaring) on top of fortissimo as the quartet careens into the last, triumphant sforzando cadence.
118), expressed through haunting images such as "hollow masks of night," "Cloud-towers," and "shadowy thoroughfares of thought." These images seem several worlds away from Stanford's jimmy thematic preparation, whose sforzando diminished sevenths are jocular, not phantasmagoric.
The concert concluded with Beethoven's Concerto No 2 in which Bamert and the musicians produced all of the orchestral effects, such as surprising dynamics, "pinged" sforzando notes and unusual rhythms that were so innovative when first composed and performed and which still have the power to astonish today when given the sort of lively, committed performance we heard at the Town Hall.
(37.) These account for the vast majority of changes made to the third movement especially, where accents and sforzando markings were missing from almost every bar.