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Meaning of tessitura

tes•si•tu•ra

Pronunciation: (tes"i-toor'uIt.tes"sē-t&oomacr'rä), [key]
— pl. -tu•ras, -tu•re
  1. the general pitch level or average range of a vocal or instrumental part in a musical composition: an uncomfortably high tessitura.
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