mezza voce

adverb or adjective
mez·​za vo·​ce | \ ˌmet-sä-ˈvō-(ˌ)chā How to pronounce mezza voce (audio) , ˌmed-zä- \

Definition of mezza voce

: with medium or half volume used as a direction in music

Examples of mezza voce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is no denying the fundamental splendor of Kaufmann’s sound: the baritonal strength of his lower register, the clean strike of his high notes, the tender shimmer of his mezza voce. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of mezza voce

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mezza voce

Italian, half voice

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“Mezza voce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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