pl. -·tos or -·ti
- in a fugue, the following of the voices in close succession, esp. in the closing section
- any concluding passage performed with a climactic increase in speedalso stret′tapl. -·tas or -·te
Origin of strettoItalian ; from Classical Latin strictus, tight, narrow: see strict
nounpl. stret·ti or stret·tos Music
- A close succession or overlapping of statements of the subject in a fugue, especially in the final section.
- A final section, as of an opera, performed with an acceleration in tempo to produce a climax. Also called stretta.
Origin of strettoItalian, narrow, stretto, from Latin strictus, strict; see strict.
- (music) With gradually increasing speed.
- (music) Having gradually increasing speed.