ottava


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ot·ta·va

 (ō-tä′və)
adv. & adj. Music
At an octave higher or lower than the notes written. Used chiefly as a direction, positioned above or below a staff.

[Italian (all')ottava, (at the) octave, from Medieval Latin octāva, from Latin, feminine of octāvus, eighth; see octave.]

ottava

(əʊˈtɑːvə)
n
(Classical Music) an interval of an octave. See all'ottava
[Italian: octave]

ot•ta•va

(oʊˈtɑ və)

adv.
(of notes in a musical score) at an octave higher or lower than written. Abbr.: 8va
[1810–20; < Italian: octave]
References in classic literature ?
For the external medium of all this beauty Spenser, modifying the ottava rima of Ariosto (a stanza which rimes
This late mode of Byron's--sometimes termed the Don Juan "manner"(10) or "effect"(11)--is usually said to be test-driven by the playful Beppo, which anticipates Don Juan's ottava rima form, insouciant narrator, and digressive tendencies.
Though Martirano's early works seem to have been in Latin, he also turned his attention to the vernacular, in which he composed two 'poemetti' in ottava rima, and a prose translation of Macrembolita's Hysmene, unfortunately lost.
The unfinished quadruple fugue, considered by Dirksen because of its lack of contrapuntal density to be a kind of "written-out improvisation," like the three-part ricercar in the Musical Offering, was not to have concluded the Art of Fugue; in that place was to have been the four canons in the order alla ottava, alla decima, alla duodecima, per augmentationem in contrario motol contrapuncto alla ottava.
Gerusalemme liberata ("Jerusalem Liberated") Heroic epic poem in ottava rima, the masterpiece of Tasso, Torquato.
Its subject is love, treated either seriously or lightheartedly; its form consists of a stanza of eight eleven - syllable lines rhyming a - b - a - b - a - b - a - b or a - b - a - b - a - b - c - c (as in ottava rima ).
Barbagallo, Antoni, Cansuna Mastra e ottava siciliana.
Il breve coro conclusivo, una perfetta ottava con schema [ABABABCC], e topicamente dedicato alla descrizione della fragilita di ogni progetto umano, alla desolata visione di un mondo mai frequentato dalla letizia e dalla serenita.
Un genere che, non lo si dimentichi, appartiene solo alla tradizione italiana e di cui ancora oggi se ne ritrovano gli echi nei contrasti a braccio della Toscana, dove i contendenti/poeti si sfidano in una narrazione estemporanea in ottave con l'obbligo di cominciare la propria ottava rimando con il verso finale di quella dell'avversario.
[January) hora ottava mortuus est Cardinalis Rotomagensis 1483" (ASA 107, Introitus, fol.
Another, in ottava rima, called by Tieck Dichtkunst but in fact a further verse section from Kaiser Octavianus (p.
Koch wrote two Byronic epics in ottava rima: Ko; or, A Season on Earth (1959), and The Duplications (1977).