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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.


(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]


(sfɔrtˈsɑn doʊ)

also forzando

adj., adv. Music.
with force; emphatically.
[1795–1805; < Italian, ger. of sforzare to show strength]


strongly accented
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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I later learned about more uses of tiny silences when "placing" sforzandos (breathing larger and playing slightly late) and other rhetorically significant tones.
In movement two, play with an intense sound throughout the first 70 measures, with an especially big sound on the sforzandos in measures 32-35 to emphasize the wide dramatic slurs.