Definition of tutti in English:
(Especially as a direction) with all voices or instruments together.
- Even in the tutti sections, the instruments say only as much as they need to.
- Such movements were characterized by the alternation and contrast between solo and tutti sections, the tuttis being based always on the same material.
- The slow movement dares much with bare textures, interrupting tutti passages with one instrument singing the remnant of a song.
noun (plural tuttis)Back to top
A passage to be performed with all voices or instruments together.
- The concept of a dialogue was enhanced in the Classical period by a growing distinction in ‘public’ concertos between the grand symphonic manner of orchestral tuttis and the more intimate sonata style of solo passages.
- There was pathos in the evocatively dovetailed dialogues with the strings; left-hand chords emerged inconspicuously from tuttis, the melody poised evanescently above.
- The forms of both concertos are quite free and tend towards a pattern of orchestral tuttis interspersed with cadenza-like periods of rumination.