Towards the end of Chopin's Etude No. 4 in C# minor, Op. 10 No. 4, it says "con più fuoco possibile." What does this mean?


Definition of con fuoco : FIERILY, IMPETUOUSLY —used as a direction in music

possibile = as possible


Con fuoco Definition and background:A musical directive to the performer to play a particular passage with vehement energy or fervid emotion. with fire, in a fiery manner

this means: most fierly

but not hot sexy!

this was only con fuoco! you can't imagine like it would be:

con piu fuoco possibile piu = even more!

edit! the commentors are right:

this conductor explains much better

what con fuoco means:

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    That has to be the sickest interpretation of Dvorak I've ever seen. Eye bleach please! (and in all seriousness, that team lap dance would go with any 2/4 or 4/4 tune) – Carl Witthoft Mar 18 '19 at 12:37
  • I actually find Dvorak's 9-4 to be triumphant and heroic, as if I were in a war between a large amount of villains and I have triumphed over them. – user53472 Apr 2 '19 at 12:29
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    Second YouTube link is dead. No description, so can't find a replacement. – Aaron Mar 5 at 0:30
  • @Aaron If you google the end of the youtube link, you can usually find mirrors on facebook and shady Russian-hosted websites. It looks like that one pointed to "Gustavo Dudamel _ Dvorak - Symphony no. 9 - 4th movement - Allegro con fuoco". – Edward Mar 5 at 3:54

Word by word:

  • con - with
  • più - more
  • fuoco - fire
  • possibile - possible

In Italian, "possibile" stuck on the end of a phrase means "as much [preceding thing] as possible".

So translated as a phrase: "With as much fire as possible"

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