Definition of tutti in English:

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tutti

Pronunciation: /ˈto͞odē/
Music

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction after a solo section) with all voices or instruments together.
Example sentences
  • 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)

A passage to be performed with all voices or instruments together.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Italian, plural of tutto 'all', from Latin totus.

Words that rhyme with tutti

footy, putti, sooty

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tut·ti

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