tessitura

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian tessitura. Doublet of texture.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tessitura (plural tessituras or tessiture)

  1. (music) The vocal range of a singer.
    Hyponyms: soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, counter tenor, tenor, baritone, bass
    • 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 [...].
    • 2014, Jane Streeton, Philip Raymond, Singing on Stage, A&C Black (→ISBN), page 146:
      In classical voice training, and in the world of classical singing, voices are divided into categories dependent on timbre or tonal colour and tessitura or comfortable average pitch range.
  2. (music) How a musical instrument sounds in different parts of its range.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tessitura f (plural tessiture)

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

Descendants[edit]

  • English: tessitura
  • German: Tessitur
  • Spanish: tesitura

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Further reading[edit]

  • tessitura in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

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