piano (p)

Piano (p) dynamics command.
Piano is abbreviated p in sheet music. Image © Brandy Kraemer


Piano, most often seen as p, affects the dynamics (or volume) of a musical composition. Piano is an indication to play softly; louder than pianissimo, but softer than mezzo piano.

See forte.

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Pronunciation: pee-an'-oh

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