stretto

[ stret-oh ]
/ ˈstrɛt oʊ /

noun, plural stret·ti [stret-ee] /ˈstrɛt i/, stret·tos. Music.

the close overlapping of statements of the subject in a fugue, each voice entering immediately after the preceding one.

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Origin of stretto

1745–55; < Italian: literally, narrow < Latin strictus. See strict, strait
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British Dictionary definitions for stretto

stretto
/ (ˈstrɛtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos or -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 for stretto

C17: from Italian, from Latin strictus tightly bound; see strict
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