[oh-tah-vuh; Italian awt-tah-vah]
- (of notes in a score) at an octave higher than written (when placed above the staff) or lower than written (when placed below the staff). Abbreviation: 8va
Origin of ottava
1810–20; < Italian: octave
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Examples from the Web for ottava
Poliziano's Rispetti are written for the most part in ottava rima.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
Byron had first adopted the stanza in his translation of Pulci's Morgante Maggiore, which is itself in ottava rime.
From Italy have come, besides the ottava rima and the sonnet, two other metrical forms, the sestina and the terza rima.
There are two ottava rime in Lycidas, one at the close of the Blind Mouths passage and one at the end of the poem.
The poem is written in ottava rima, but, very singularly, there is not one double rhyme from beginning to end.An Introduction to the Study of Browning
- an interval of an octaveSee all'ottava