In music, sotto voce (;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, in which the singers lower their volume for emphasis. Another example can be found at the beginning of the third movement of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132, in which the strings play with a hushed quality before later playing with renewed strength.