from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The vocal range of a singer.
- n. how a musical instrument sounds in different parts of its range
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, of a melody or a voice-part, that part of its total compass in which the greater number of its tones lie.
We know that by the height of G.F. Handel's career, mezzo-sopranos and contraltos were finally recognized on the public stage, and music from that time on seems to fill the gap in tessitura (the general range within which the notes of a piece lie).
I don't think a lyric tenor is the best choice or the original intent for Das Buch, though a Heldentenor with the ability to deal with the high end of the tessitura might be a little hard to find these days.
The role is no walk in the tenor park: it's written to be sung in the upper tessitura register.
Some of the most expressive music is reserved for the cross-dressed Amastris, whose tessitura is so low that in the final ensemble it is she who takes the tenor line.
Marisol Montalvo, the soprano who took it on, is another Eschenbach favorite, and with reason: She has the musical chops to bring off this difficult piece, and the tessitura to reach the stratosphere of the high notes, where the score kept her much of the time.
Tenor Robert Brubaker handled Mao's high tessitura impeccably, creating an indelible image of a ruthless, wily fighter, despite his age and decrepitude.
"It's the snarling tessitura, the free-revving elasticity, and of course the big butt-whacks of torque that hit you in first through fourth as you stir the gears to 7,500 rpm redline."
It's not simply the 32-horsepower difference in output; it's the snarling tessitura, the free-revving elasticity, and of course the big butt-whacks of torque that hit you in first through fourth as you stir the gears to 7,500 rpm redline.
This collection of tessituras yields a total vocal tessitura of approximately 3 octaves achievable by the range of human voices.
Pl á cido said the same thing, that he has to work hard to sing the tessitura.