tessitura

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Italian tessitura.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tessitura (plural tessiture)

  1. (music) The vocal range of a singer.
    • 1995, Anthony Burgess, Byrne:
      Byrne shrugged. He started writing a bravura / Opera based on Cleopatra’s death, / Exploiting all Maria’s tessitura, / With a high F before her final breath.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 257:
      Anne's talented voice made the lines I had written swoop, howl, and whine through an authentically Thatcherite tessitura [...].
  2. (music) how a musical instrument sounds in different parts of its range

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

tessere +‎ -tura. Compare Spanish tejedura, Portuguese tecedura, Romanian țesătură, Friulian tiessidure.

NounEdit

tessitura f (plural tessiture)

  1. weaving
  2. weaving mill
  3. (music) range (of a voice or an instrument)

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