One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A musical direction indicating that a section of players should be divided into two or more groups each playing a different part.postpositive ‘violas divisi’
- ‘We have already noted the addition of divisi violas.’
- ‘The only nit I have to pick concerns the thinning out of string tone in the multi - divisi passages.’
A divisi passage of music.
- ‘There were nine of us, three for each part and at least one for each divisi.’
Italian, literally ‘divided’ (plural), from dividere ‘to divide’.
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