280 • Fortissimissimo

I once witnessed, in Italy on a beautiful piazza at lunch with eight Italians, a heated debate about the proper parlance of ppp. One side suggested the traditional “piano-pianissimo”, but the other side insisted on the more colloquial “pianissimissimo”. It came to a very, very loud food fight, quite fff, and I decided to stick with the grammatically questionable "pianissimissimo" as the group supporting that version was more expressive with a wilder variety of gestures and better at flinging antipasti.

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