Sotto Voce (music)
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Sotto Voce Music

In music, sotto voce (;[1][2]Italian: ['sotto 'vo:t?e]; Italian for "under the voice") is a dramatic lowering of the vocal or instrumental volume -- not necessarily pianissimo, but a definitely hushed tonal quality. An example of sotto voce occurs in the Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem Mass in D Minor, in which the singers lower their volume for emphasis.[] A tonal example of "sotto voce" can be found at the beginning of Movement III of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132, in which the strings play with a hushed quality before later playing with renewed strength.[]


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