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(sfz) sforzando

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Sforzando as seen in piano music.

Sforzando is seen in piano music as sfz.

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Definition: Sforzando (sfz) is an indication to make a strong, sudden accent on a note or chord. Sforzando means subito forzando (fz), “suddenly with force.” Similar commands include:
  • subito forte (sf) / fortissimo (sff)
  • subito piano (sp) / sforzando piano (sfp)

Not to be confused with smorzando or (rfz) rinforzando.

Also Known As:
  • sforzato (It)
  • accent prononcé; soudainement renforcé (Fr)
  • mit plötzlicher Betonung; verstärkt (Ger)

Pronunciation: sfort-zahn'-doh (the s blends with the f)

Commonly Mispronounced: ess-four-zan-doh



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