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[tes-i-too r-uh; Italian tes-see-too-rah] /ˌtɛs ɪˈtʊər ə; Italian ˌtɛs siˈtu rɑ/
noun, plural tessituras, tessiture
[tes-i-too r-ey; Italian tes-see-too-re] /ˌtɛs ɪˈtʊər eɪ; Italian ˌtɛs siˈtu rɛ/ (Show IPA)
the general pitch level or average range of a vocal or instrumental part in a musical composition:
an uncomfortably high tessitura.
Origin of tessitura
1890-95; < Italian: literally, texture < Latin textūra; see texture Unabridged
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  • Use embellishments, extreme tessitura, and a variety of timbre effects when performing on wind instruments.
British Dictionary definitions for tessitura


noun (music)
the general pitch level of a piece of vocal music: an uncomfortably high tessitura
the compass or range of a voice
Word Origin
Italian: texture, from Latin textura; see texture
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