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sfor·zan·do(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).]
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(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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adj., adv. Music.
with force; emphatically.
[1795–1805; < Italian, ger. of sforzare to show strength]
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|Noun||1.||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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