Definition of tutti in English:

tutti

adjective & adverb

Music
  • (especially as a direction) with all voices or instruments together.

    • ‘The slow movement dares much with bare textures, interrupting tutti passages with one instrument singing the remnant of a song.’
    • ‘Fong's violin gradually assumes more control over the quartet, leading it into imitation, sparking its tempo, and supplying high-pitched notes in dissonant tutti chords.’
    • ‘Such movements were characterized by the alternation and contrast between solo and tutti sections, the tuttis being based always on the same material.’
    • ‘Even in the tutti sections, the instruments say only as much as they need to.’
    • ‘Words are clear, and the hymns, presented in their entirety, are imaginatively varied in terms of solo, a cappella, sectional and tutti singing.’

noun

Music
  • A passage to be performed with all voices or instruments together.

    • ‘The concerto is mostly lightweight with tuttis the more dramatic when they appear.’
    • ‘In contrast, the larger forces of, say, the Chicago Symphony in the Pearlman / Giulini recording, add power in the tuttis and a greater weightiness to the effect generally, but I am not sure that is really needed in this work.’
    • ‘There was pathos in the evocatively dovetailed dialogues with the strings; left-hand chords emerged inconspicuously from tuttis, the melody poised evanescently above.’
    • ‘The forms of both concertos are quite free and tend towards a pattern of orchestral tuttis interspersed with cadenza-like periods of rumination.’
    • ‘The concept of a dialogue was enhanced in the Classical period by a growing distinction in ‘public’ concertos between the grand symphonic manner of orchestral tuttis and the more intimate sonata style of solo passages.’

Origin

Italian, plural of tutto ‘all’, from Latin totus.

Pronunciation

tutti

/ˈtʊti/