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Aug. 20th, 2010 11:58 pm
basingstoke: crazy eyes (Default)
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When did people stop saying "pianoforte" and say "piano" instead?

Date: 2010-08-21 05:03 am (UTC)
emyrys: This is my default (Default)
From: [personal profile] emyrys
Is this a change in this century, or a past century? I mean, did they use "pianoforte" when you were growing up, and now you are seeing them use "piano"? Or are you asking in terms of a larger historical context?

Around here, teachers/conductors/etc always said "piano" when I was growing up -- I knew the real word (had to learn it in school), but every choir/band/piano lessons I was ever in from elementary school on always referred to it as "piano". So we're talking since the 1960s.

Edited Date: 2010-08-21 05:03 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-08-21 05:14 am (UTC)
emyrys: This is my default (Default)
From: [personal profile] emyrys
Ah! So you were referring to the instrument itself, and not the word describing volume, huh?

(in fact, isn't the long version of piano (for volume purposes) pianissimo (or something like that?)

It's been many many (many) years since I studied music theory or was in any kind of formal music class........

Date: 2010-08-22 02:24 am (UTC)
minxy: Teal'c raises a hand to say "hey". (Default)
From: [personal profile] minxy
1795-1805, according to Websters, is when the term piano became popular. Douglas Harper shows the first written use of the word in 1803, and "pianist" was first recorded in 1839.


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