sotto voce


sot·to vo·ce

adverb or adjective \ˌsä-tō-ˈvō-chē\

: in a very quiet voice

music : very softly

Full Definition of SOTTO VOCE

1
:  under the breath :  in an undertone; also :  in a private manner
2
:  very softly —used as a direction in music

Origin of SOTTO VOCE

Italian sottovoce, literally, under the voice
First Known Use: 1737

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

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