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prestissimo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj prestissimo (of tempo) as fast as possible
    • adv prestissimo extremely fast; as fast as possible "this passage should be played prestissimo"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Prestissimo (Mus) Very quickly; with great rapidity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prestissimo In music, very quickly; in the most rapid tempo.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., superl. of presto,

Usage

In literature:

I have heard it played by a genuine Chopin pupil, M. Georges Mathias, and he did not take it prestissimo.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
He took to prestissimo like a duck to water.
"Edward MacDowell" by Lawrence Gilman
The Finale is usually prestissimo.
"Critical & Historical Essays" by Edward MacDowell
Back here it all has to be done prestissimo.
"Letters to Helen" by Keith Henderson
Sebastiano quickened the time till he was playing it prestissimo.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
At the report of the pistol, the jolly choristers struck up prestissimo with their feet.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Excuse me, it is the rocket; prestissimo and St. Peter he don't be asking no question.
"Diversions in Sicily" by H. Festing Jones
And yet, prestissimo change!
"The Will to Doubt" by Alfred H. Lloyd
Then follows an exquisite quintet, sung with tempo prestissimo and tones pianissimo.
"Stars of the Opera" by Mabel Wagnalls
Finale, Prestissimo, D major, three-eight, a brilliant, showy movement.
"Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work" by Stephen Samuel Stratton
All this leads to a prestissimo finale of startling splendour.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
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In news:

When called upon to illustrate the notation "prestissimo," Bonnard brought it to life with a drawing of racehorses at full tilt that makes us wish we had laid money on the winner.
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