noun, plural stretti [stret-ee] , strettos. Music.
the close overlapping of statements of the subject in a fugue, each voice entering immediately after the preceding one.

1745–55; < Italian: literally, narrow < Latin strictus. See strict, strait Unabridged
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stretto (ˈstrɛtəʊ)
n , pl -tos, -ti
1.  (in a fugue) the close overlapping of two parts or voices, the second one entering before the first has completed its statement of the subject
2.  Also called: stretta a concluding passage in a composition, played at a faster speed than the earlier material
[C17: from Italian, from Latin strictus tightly bound; see strict]

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Only one entry of the subject must be heard in its completion in a stretto.
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