Definition of tutti in English:


adjective & adverb

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


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

    • ‘The forms of both concertos are quite free and tend towards a pattern of orchestral tuttis interspersed with cadenza-like periods of rumination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was pathos in the evocatively dovetailed dialogues with the strings; left-hand chords emerged inconspicuously from tuttis, the melody poised evanescently above.’
    • ‘The concerto is mostly lightweight with tuttis the more dramatic when they appear.’


Italian, plural of tutto all, from Latin totus.