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From tutti (see below).


  1. All together. Indicates that the remainder of a group should join in playing after a solo or other passage with a reduced number of voices.



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tutti (tutte, )
  1. all; everybody, everyone

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Extensive Definition

Tutti is an Italian word literally meaning all or together. As a musical term, it is used in various ways. It may refer to an orchestral passage in which every member of the orchestra is playing at once. Alternatively, if an orchestrator wants a single first violin, second violin, cello, or double bass to play while the rest of that string player's section is silent for the duration of a passage, he writes solo in the part at this point and he writes tutti in the part at the point he wishes the rest of the section to resume playing.
In organ music, it indicates that the full organ should be used: all stops and all couplers. (This organ usage is sometimes instead indicated as fff.) To simplify this changing over, many organ consoles offer a toe stud or a piston to call the tutti: Pressing once begins the tutti, and pressing again reverts to the previous registration.
tutti in Danish: Tutti
tutti in German: Tutti
tutti in Esperanto: Tuteco
tutti in Spanish: Tutti
tutti in French: Tutti
tutti in Hungarian: Tutti
tutti in Dutch: Tutti
tutti in Polish: Tutti
tutti in Swedish: Tutti
tutti in Turkish: Tutti
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