[ ahl uh-tah-vuh; Italian ahl-lawt-tah-vah ]
/ ˌɑl əˈtɑ və; Italian ˌɑl lɔtˈtɑ vɑ /
a direction (8va), placed above or below the staff to indicate that the passage covered is to be played one octave higher or lower respectively.
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Origin of all' ottava
1815–25; < Italian: literally, at the octave
Words nearby all' ottava
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British Dictionary definitions for all'ottava
/ (æləˈtɑːvə) /
music to be played an octave higher or lower than writtenSymbol: 8va
Word Origin for all'ottava
Italian: at the octave
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