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[stret-oh] /ˈstrɛt oʊ/
noun, plural stretti
[stret-ee] /ˈstrɛt i/ (Show IPA),
strettos. Music.
the close overlapping of statements of the subject in a fugue, each voice entering immediately after the preceding one.
Origin of stretto
1745-55; < Italian: literally, narrow < Latin strictus. See strict, strait Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tos, -ti (-tiː)
(in a fugue) the close overlapping of two parts or voices, the second one entering before the first has completed its statement of the subject
Also called stretta (ˈstrɛtə). a concluding passage in a composition, played at a faster speed than the earlier material
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from Latin strictus tightly bound; see strict
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