Definition of stretto in English:
noun (plural strettiˈstrɛti)
1A passage, especially at the end of an aria or movement, to be performed in quicker time.
- The major-third interval is then employed with its minor counterpart horizontally to help furnish a stretto passage.
- Elisions, stretti, contractions, prolongations and antiphonal presentations are only some of the devices the composer frequently employs to achieve a pacing that clarifies the overall direction of the melodic trajectory of a piece.
- One could consider this a contrapuntal jeu d' esprit, with rapid lines of imitation and stretto, but for its character of psychological unease.
1.1A section at the end of a fugue in which successive introductions of the theme follow at shorter intervals than before, increasing the sense of excitement.
- In one, the four sections of the choir enter one after another with the same material, as in a stretto fugue.
- The Canzonetta is a contrapuntal work consisting of a series of fugues displaying stretto, contrary motion, and inversion; rhythmic motion tends to be lively, and the detail of musical lines illuminating.
- They got no louder than a whisper, but began to overlap faster and faster like a stretto in a mad fugue, finally getting stuck on the phrase, ‘I'll see you around.’
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Italian, literally 'narrow'.
Definition of stretto in:
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