Definition of Sforzando

1. Noun. An accented chord.

Generic synonyms: Chord



2. Noun. (music) a notation written above a note and indicating that it is to be played with a strong initial attack.
Generic synonyms: Musical Notation
Category relationships: Music

Definition of Sforzando

1. a. Forcing or forced; -- a direction placed over a note, to signify that it must be executed with peculiar emphasis and force; -- marked fz (an abbreviation of forzando), sf, sfz, or &?;.

Definition of Sforzando

1. Noun. (music) A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played with a strong initial attack ¹

2. Noun. (music) A passage having this mark ¹

3. Adverb. (music) played in this style ¹

4. Adjective. (music) describing a passage having this mark ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sforzando

1. [n -DOS or -DI]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sforzando

seynt
seynts
seyon
seys
seysure
seysures
sez
sezary syndrome
sezession
sferic
sfericase
sferics
sfermion
sfermions
sforzandi
sforzando (current term)
sforzandos
sforzati
sforzato
sforzatos
sfumato
sfumatos
sfz.
sgd.
sgn
sgoldstino
sgoldstinos
sgraffiti
sgraffito

Literary usage of Sforzando

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1. A Primer of Organ Registration by Gordon Balch Nevin (1920)
"The occasional sforzando or accent is of the greatest value in correcting ... A sforzando may, of course, be of any degree of power greater than the volume ..."

2. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1889): ...edited by Sir by George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland (1890)
"... which portionate ; and thus a fz in a piano passage will be far lese loud than in a forte passage, s/z or sf (sforzando) is more commonly used than fz. ..."

3. A catechism for the harmonium by John Hiles (1877)
"THE sforzando.—ACCENT. Q. How are passages of repeated or reiterated notes played upon the Harmonium ? A. This phrase ! or any similar passage, ..."

4. The Temple Choir: A Collection of Sacred and Secular Music, Comprising a by Theodore Frelinghuysen Seward, Lowell Mason, William Batchelder Bradbury (1867)
"sforzando. A tone which is produced very suddenly and forcibly, and instantly ... It Is by no means Intended that every tone should be given sforzando ..."

5. The Sabbath Bell: A Collection of Music for Choirs, Musical Associations by George Frederick Root (1860)
"sforzando. A tone which is produced тегу suddenly and forcibly, and instantly diminished, is called an EXPLOSIVE TONE ; or sforzando, ..."

6. Adams' New Musical Dictionary of Fifteen Thousand Technical Words, Phrases by John Stowell Adams (1865)
"Sf. An abbreviation of sforzando. Sff. An abbreviation of Sforzato Assai. ... sforzando. (Ita.) A term implying that a particular note is to be played with ..."

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