Crossword clues for piano
- Baldwin offering
- Instrument at Rick's CafГ©
- A stringed instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
- (music) low loudness
- Instrument for an
- Grand follower
- Forte's musical antithesis
- Instrument for Van Cliburn
- Serkin played it
- Instrument for Nero
- "___ Man," Billy Joel song
- A player, perhaps
- A clavier
- Grand or upright
- Soft, to Solti
- Clavichord's successor
- Softly, to Ozawa
- Spinet; upright
- Spinet or grand
- What Marilyn Crispell plays
- Hammer-and-strings instrument
- Horowitz music maker
- It provides a sounding board
- 1993 Holly Hunter film, with "The"
- Instrument Cristofori developed
- Instrument Dudley Moore plays
- Kin of a harpsichord
- Instrument for Percy Grainger
- Softly, in music
- This could be grand
- Watts's instrument
- Softly, to Solti
- Softly, musically
- Gathering place at many a party
- Soft, in music
- Instrument for Emil Gilels
- Opposite of forte
- Instrument for Serkin
- Emil Gilels plays it
- Truman played it
- Kind of bar or player
- Earl "Fatha" Hines plays it
- Station for the Ragtime Kid
- Upright or player
- Cliburn's forte
- Grand worth more than a grand
- Instrument for Friml
- Cristofori made the first one: 1709
- Serkin's instrument
- One grand
- Jane Campion film, with "The"
- Kind of bar
- Instrument for an Г©tude
- Upright, e.g.
- Instrument for any 38-Across
- Billy Joel's instrument
- Nero's instrument
- Recreation center staple
- Elton John's instrument
- Instrument with hammers
- "Grand" piece of furniture
- Key locale
- Kind of roll or bar
- Baby grand, e.g.
- Tutor's subject, maybe
- 32-Down's was a toy
- Word with roll or bar
- It might be grand
- Softly, on scores
- Bench site
- "A parlor utensil for subduing the impenitent visitor": Ambrose Bierce
- Upright or baby grand
- Honky-tonk player
- "Casablanca" music maker
- Grand or baby grand
- Set of keys
- Honky-tonk sight
- Steinway, e.g.
- Instrument for Rachmaninoff
- A Baldwin
- Holder of 88 keys
- Place for a hammer
- Forte's opposite
- Lounge in many a hotel
- It's in front of a benched player
- Challenge for movers
- Alicia Keys's instrument
- "Grand" instrument
- Source of grand sounds?
- One of the Baldwins?
- Instrument for Lady Gaga
- Set of keys?
- Steinway or Baldwin
- Alicia Keys's instrument, aptly
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Piano \Pi*a"no\, a. & adv. [It., even, smooth, soft, fr. L. planus even, level.] (Mus.) Soft; -- a direction to the performer to execute a certain passage softly, and with diminished volume of tone. (Abbrev. p.)
Piano \Pi*an"o\, Pianoforte \Pi*an"o*for`te\, n. [It. piano soft (fr. L. planus even, smooth; see Plain, a.) + It. forte strong, fr. L. fortis (see Fort).] (Mus.) A well-known musical instrument somewhat resembling the harpsichord, and consisting of a series of wires of graduated length, thickness, and tension, struck by hammers moved by keys.
Dumb piano. See Digitorium.
Grand piano. See under Grand.
Square piano, one with a horizontal frame and an oblong case.
Upright piano, one with an upright frame and vertical wires.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1803, from French piano (18c.), Italian piano, shortened forms of pianoforte (q.v.). As an adverb, "softly," in musical directions (superlative pianissimo), attested from 1680s. Piano wire attested from 1831.
a. 1 (context music English) soft, quiet. 2 In extended use; quiet, subdued. adv. (context music English) softly, as a musical direction (abbreviated to ''p.'' in sheet music). (from 17th c.) n. (context musical instruments English) A keyboard musical instrument, usually ranging over seven octaves, with white and black keys, played by pressing these keys, causing hammers to strike strings.
The piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands. Invented in about 1700 (the exact date is uncertain), the piano is widely employed in classical, jazz, traditional and popular music for solo and ensemble performances, accompaniment, and for composing and rehearsal. Although the piano is not portable and is often expensive, its versatility, wide range, ability to play chords, ability to play louder or softer, the large number of musicians trained in playing it and its ubiquity in performance venues and rehearsal spaces have made it one of the Western world's most familiar musical instruments.
An acoustic piano usually has a protective wooden case surrounding the soundboard and metal strings, and a row of 88 black and white keys (52 white keys for the notes of the C Major scale and 36 shorter black keys, which are higher than the white keys, for the " accidental" notes, which are the sharp and flat notes needed to play in all 12 keys). The strings are sounded when the keys are pressed or struck, and silenced by a damper when the keys are released. The notes can be sustained, even when the keys are released, by the use of pedals at the base of the instrument. Unlike two of the major keyboard instruments that preceded the piano, the pipe organ and the harpsichord, the weight or force with which a performer presses or strikes the keys changes the dynamics and tone of the instrument.
Pressing one or more keys on the piano's keyboard causes a padded hammer (often padded with firm felt) to strike the strings. The hammer rebounds from the strings, and the strings continue to vibrate at their resonant frequency. These vibrations are transmitted through a bridge to a soundboard that amplifies by more efficiently coupling the acoustic energy to the air. When the key is released, a damper stops the strings' vibration, ending the sound. Although an acoustic piano has strings, it is usually classified as a percussion instrument rather than as a stringed instrument, because the strings are struck rather than plucked (as with a harpsichord or spinet); in the Hornbostel-Sachs system of instrument classification, pianos are considered chordophones. With technological advances, Electric pianos (1929), electronic (1970s), and digital pianos (1980s) have also been developed. The electric piano became a popular instrument in the 1960s and 1970s genres of jazz fusion and rock music.
The word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte, the Italian term for the instrument, which in turn derives from gravicembalo col piano e forte and fortepiano. The Italian musical terms piano and forte indicate "soft" and "loud" respectively, in this context referring to the variations in volume produced in response to a pianist's touch on the keys: the greater the velocity of a key press, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the strings, and the louder the sound of the note produced.
Piano is a 2001 South Korean television series starring Cho Jae-hyun, Go Soo, Kim Ha-neul and Jo In-sung. It aired on SBS from November 21, 2001 to January 10, 2002 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
A melodrama about a father's love for his children and a forbidden romance between stepsiblings, Piano received high ratings during its airing, as well as acting recognition at the year-end network awards ceremony.
A piano is a keyboard music instrument.
Piano may also refer to:
- piano, a dynamic direction in music, often appearing in sheet music as p, and indicating that the performer should play softly
- Piano, Haute-Corse, a commune of the Haute-Corse département on the island of Corsica, France
- Piano (play), a stage play based on the movie An unfinished piece for mechanical piano
- Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl's Heart, a 2002 anime series
- Pianos (club), a live music venue in New York City
- Renzo Piano (born 1937), Italian architect
- The Piano, a 1993 film starring Harvey Keitel, Holly Hunter and Sam Neill
- The Piano (Herbie Hancock album), 1979
- Piano (Wynton Kelly album), 1958
- Piano (George Shearing album), 1989
- "The Piano", a song from PJ Harvey's 2007 album White Chalk
- "Piano", a song from Ariana Grande's 2013 album Yours Truly
- "Piano", a 1918 poem by D. H. Lawrence
- A Piano: The Collection, a 2006 five-disc box set by Tori Amos
- Piano (TV series), a South Korean television drama
- Grand Piano (Narada Anniversary Collection), a 1997 compilation release by Narada
- Grand Piano (album), 1985 album by George Shearing
Piano is a 1990 play by Trevor Griffiths, adapted from the 1977 film An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano, itself based on the incomplete and untitled early Anton Chekhov play usually known as Platonov. It premiered at the Royal National Theatre.
Piano is a 1989 solo album by jazz pianist George Shearing.
Usage examples of "piano".
They are like the colossal strides of approaching Fate, and this awfulness is twice raised to a higher power, first by a searching, syncopated phrase in the violins which hovers loweringly over them, and next by a succession of afrighted minor scales ascending crescendo and descending piano, the change in dynamics beginning abruptly as the crest of each terrifying wave is reached.
It may be apocryphal that some families dressed their piano legs in little skirts to avoid moral distress to visitors, but it is certainly true that chamber-pots came with a crocheted cover to serve as a baffle so that anyone passing without would not hear the unseemly tinkle of the person passing within.
The picture was framed in aspidistras like a nightmarish valentine and across the lower margin was the top of a piano.
By this time the piano was in position with the drapery and aspidistras on top.
When the chauffeur had gone, Georgie re-pinned the bunting over the open top of the piano, replaced the aspidistras and decamped.
The table was laid for thirty, but before dinner Madame Goudar seated herself at the piano, and sang a few airs with the voice of a siren, and with a confidence that did not astonish the other guests as they knew her, but which astonished me extremely, for her singing was really admirable.
He is conducted by the beadle and the landlord to the Harmonic Meeting Room, where he puts his hat on the piano and takes a Windsor-chair at the head of a long table formed of several short tables put together and ornamented with glutinous rings in endless involutions, made by pots and glasses.
She hit the power button on her small stereo system in the bookcase, conjuring up a bluesy piano number.
As the Princess lifted the lid of her white piano in the ring while Mignon flounced her lacy skirts, Buffo, babbling obscenities, was loaded into a waiting cab, leaving the circus for the last time, as he had never done before, in the way that gentlemen did, by the front entrance.
Hank Busche, the pastor, and this flower sitting at the piano is my wife, Mary.
She was singing at the piano, but as soon as she saw me she rose and came to meet me.
Most of Cimarron had settled down for the night, except for the bang of the piano echoing from the saloon.
Romantic orchestra for the small ensemble, using pianos, cimbaloms and percussion instruments to create a simpler, more mechanistic sound.
All removed some piece of covering to unveil a moving hand coiling and uncoiling its snake-tail subcutaneously, its fingers moving softly as if it played their nerve-ends like a piano.
A four-piece combo of volunteer musicians were grouped around the big Steinway piano.