Music In a loud, then suddenly soft, manner. Used chiefly as a direction. (adverb)
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Use "forte-piano" in a sentence
"Among the list of Professor Chua's "don'ts" during the rearing of her own children was allowing them to attend sleepovers; to get grades beneath an "A"; and to play any instrument other than the violin or piano no exclusion for the viola or forte-piano."
"The next name given to it was _forte-piano_, which signified soft, with power; and this name became _piano-forte_, which it still retains."
"Philadelphia, who "has invented one of the prettiest improvements in the forte-piano I have ever seen.""