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Mezzo Piano (MP) – Literally "half" quiet, moderately quiet

(Pronounced met-soh pee-an-oh)

We can remember this if we deal with each word separately.

Mezzo (M.) – Half

(Pronounced met-soh)

They met to sew (mezzo) exactly half way between their houses.

They met to sew (mezzo) exactly half way between their houses.

Note: Mezzo is the Italian word for "half", "middle" or "medium" and is often abbreviated to M.

 

Now we can learn piano:

Piano (P.) – Quietly

(Pronounced pee-an-oh)

Note: Piano is Italian and in music it means play quietly.

The tiny mouse played the piano so quietly so that she didn't wake anyone up.

The tiny mouse played the piano so quietly so that she didn't wake anyone up.

Note: often abbreviated to P.

 

Now we can put the definitions of mezzo and piano together as

Mezzo = half piano = quiet

Mezzo piano = half quiet

 

Examples of mezzo piano in a sentence

He rarely ventured above a mezzo piano dynamic.

Think of a music so sure of its power that it need not raise its voice above mezzo piano.

The choir master had his choristers sing mezzo piano to conserve their voices.

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