Mezzo forte

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Definition

Mezzo forte (or mf) stands for medium loud volume. Mezzo means 'half' so mezzo forte literally means half-loud.

This table shows how dynamics can be compared to the volume of the human voice.

Dynamics (volume)
Dynamic Voice
pp almost at a whisper
p softer than speaking voice
mp soft speaking voice
mf loud speaking voice
f louder than speaking voice
ff almost shouting

Examples

Mezzo forte (mf) is the musical instruction to play medium loud


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