Mezzo piano

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Definition

Mezzo piano (or mp) stands for medium soft volume. Mezzo means 'half' so mezzo piano literally means half-soft.

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 piano (mp) is the musical instruction to play medium soft


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