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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Definitions for tutti

  1. Music. all; all the voices or instruments together.
  2. Music. intended for or performed by all (or most of) the voices or instruments together, as a passage or movement in concert music (opposed to solo).
  3. Music. a tutti passage or movement.

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Citations for tutti
He used to say that music could be either about almost nothing, one tiny strand of sound plucked like a silver hair from the head of the Muse, or about everything there was, all of it, tutti tutti, life, marriage, otherworlds, earthquakes, uncertainties, warnings, rebukes, journeys, dreams, love, the whole ball of wax, the full nine yards, the whole catastrophe. Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, 1999
You will hear the very obvious difference in volume between the tutti notes and the immediately following music, which is still forte but is played by fewer instruments. Robert Nelson, Carl J. Christensen, Foundations of Music, 2006
Origin of tutti
1715-1725
The Italian word tutti means “all,” i.e., all the instruments or voices of an orchestra together. Tutti is the masculine plural of tutto “all,” from Vulgar Latin tottus (unattested), from Latin tōtus. Tutti entered English in the 18th century.