(mf) mezzo forte

Mezzo forte abbreviated mf.
Mezzo forte is abbreviated mf in sheet music. Image © Brandy Kraemer


The Italian musical command mezzo forte (or mf) literally means “half strong,” and is an indication to play somewhat loudly; slightly softer than (f) forte.

See (mp) mezzo piano.

Also Known As:

  • mi-fort; assez fort (Fr)
  • halblaut; halbstark; mittellaut; mittelstark (Ger)
Pronunciation: met'-so  FOR-tay

Alternate Spellings: mezzoforte; mezzo-forte

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