Definition and background:
A modern keyboard instrument that produces sounds by hammers striking strings. These hammers are activated by keys, depressed by the performer's fingers. The piano is equipped with a pedal that controls the dampers which stop the vibration of the strings. When the pedal is pressed by the performer's foot, the dampers are lifted from the strings, and the strings are allowed to vibrate freely. Another pedal softens the volume of the piano. The piano is an extremely popular instrument in Classical, Romantic, Post-Romantic, Modern, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Folk music. Also Baby Grand Piano, Grand Piano, Upright Piano. Dynamic marking meaning quiet. A directive to a musician to perform a certain passage softly (abbreviated p).Italian. (p.) Soft, softly.
Dynamic marking meaning "soft"
Italian. (p.) Soft
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