messa di voce

noun

mes·​sa di vo·​ce
ˌmāsədēˈvō(ˌ)chā,
ˌmes-
plural messe di voce
-(ˌ)sād-
: the singing of a gradual crescendo and decrescendo on a long sustained tone
used of a vocal technique originating in 18th century bel canto

Word History

Etymology

Italian, literally, placing of the voice

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“Messa di voce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/messa%20di%20voce. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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