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(pp) pianissimo

Pianissimo is seen as pp in piano music.

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Definition: Pianissimo refers to a song’s dynamics, and is an indication to play very softly; softer than piano, but louder than pianississimo.

Pianissimo is abbreviated pp. Because dynamics deal with relative changes in volume rather than exact decibel levels, pianissimo is best described as very soft compared to the average volume of the song.

See fortissimo.

Also Known As: très doucement (Fr), sehr leise (Ger)


Pronunciation: pyahn-ee'-see-moe
Common Misspellings: pianisimo, pianisimmo, pianissimmo

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