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The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
[Italian, from Latin textūra, web, structure; see texture.]
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1. (Classical Music) the general pitch level of a piece of vocal music: an uncomfortably high tessitura.
2. (Classical Music) the compass or range of a voice
[Italian: texture, from Latin textura; see texture]
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tes•si•tu•ra(ˌtɛs ɪˈtʊər ə)
n., pl. -tu•ras, -tu•re (-ˈtʊər eɪ)
the general pitch level or average range of a vocal or instrumental part in a musical composition.
[1890–95; < Italian: literally, texture < Latin textūra; see texture]
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