tessiture

tessitura

[tes-i-toor-uh; Italian tes-see-too-rah]
noun, plural tessituras, tessiture [tes-i-toor-ey; Italian tes-see-too-re] .
the general pitch level or average range of a vocal or instrumental part in a musical composition: an uncomfortably high tessitura.

Origin:
1890–95; < Italian: literally, texture < Latin textūra; see texture

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tessitura (ˌtɛsɪˈtʊərə)
 
n
1.  the general pitch level of a piece of vocal music: an uncomfortably high tessitura
2.  the compass or range of a voice
 
[Italian: texture, from Latin textura; see texture]

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