all' ottava

all' ottava

[ahl uh-tah-vuh; Italian ahl-lawt-tah-vah]
noun Music.
a direction (8va), placed above or below the staff to indicate that the passage covered is to be played one octave higher or lower respectively.

Origin:
1815–25; < Italian: literally, at the octave

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