Definition of Stretto

1. n. The crowding of answer upon subject near the end of a fugue.



Definition of Stretto

1. Noun. (music) The presence of two close or overlapping statements of the subject of a fugue, especially towards the end. ¹

2. Noun. (music) An acceleration in the tempo of an opera that produces an ending climax. ¹

3. Adverb. (music) With gradually increasing speed. ¹

4. Adjective. (music) Having gradually increasing speed. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Stretto

1. a concluding musical passage played at a faster tempo [n -TI or -TOS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stretto

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stretchily
stretchiness
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stretching(a)
stretching out
stretching the truth
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stretchmark
stretcht
stretchy
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stretto (current term)
strettos
streusel
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strew
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strewn

Literary usage of Stretto

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1. A Treatise on Counterpoint & Fugue by Luigi Cherubini, Mary Cowden Clarke, Josiah Pittman (1854)
"stretto is an Italian word, signifying CLOSE ; it has been adopted into our language ... The stretto is,—as has heen already observed,— one of the essential ..."

2. A Treatise on Counterpoint & Fugue by Luigi Cherubini, Joseph Bennett (1884)
"The stretto is, as has been already observed, one of the essential requisites of ... The art of judiciously employing the stretto consists in the manner of ..."

3. The American History and Encyclopedia of Music by Janet M. Green, Josephine Thrall (1908)
"stretto. We find the term stretto in many forms of music used in the sense of ... The composer who intends to use stretto prepares for it when writing his" ..."

4. A Treatise on Counterpoint, Canon and Fugue by Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley (1880)
"stretto" is an Italian word, derived from "stringere," "to bind together." In a fugue the stretto is an artifice by which the subject and answer are, ..."

5. Counterpoint Applied in the Invention, Fugue, Canon and Other Polyphonic by Percy Goetschius (1915)
"I. THE stretto. 36. The Imitation is said to be in "stretto " when it overlaps a portion of the motive; ie, when the Imitation sets in before the motive is ..."

6. A Course of Counterpoint and Fugue by Luigi Cherubini (1841)
"ON THE stretto. stretto is an Italian word which signifies CLOSE ; it has been adopted into our musical language, and is employed to indicate an artifice ..."

7. Counterpoint Applied in the Invention, Fugue, Canon and Other Polyphonic by Percy Goetschius (1902)
"Ill is the exposition of a stretto in the 8ve after two beats (Soprano and ... IV is a similar exposition of the same stretto in contrary motion (Alto and ..."

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