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mezza voce

[met-suh voh-chey, med-zuh, mez-uh] /ˈmɛt sə ˈvoʊ tʃeɪ, ˈmɛd zə, ˈmɛz ə/
adverb, adjective
1.
with half the power of the voice (used as a musical direction).
Abbreviation: m.v.
Origin of mezza voce
1765-1775
1765-75; < Italian
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  • Francesco has a mezza voce, which might, by a stretch of politeness, be called baritone.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • While studying an application he sang, mezza voce, the aria from Pagliacci.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • So remember in a mezza voce to see that the register is right and to use a double breath strength.

    Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
  • I myself have been blessed with what is called a naturally placed voice, and never had trouble with the mezza voce.

    Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
  • Take her mezza voce and her phrasing in the second act of Monna Vanna, take them and bow down before them.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
British Dictionary definitions for mezza voce

mezza voce

/ˈmɛtsə ˈvəʊtʃɪ; Italian ˈmɛddza ˈvotʃe/
adverb
1.
(music) (in singing) softly; quietly
Word Origin
Italian, literally: half voice
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