1. The Italian term for octave.
See also [Eng.] octave; [Fr.] octave; [Ger.] oktave; [It.] ottava.
2. When written above a passage in a composition, this term indicates that the passage should be performed one octave higher than written. When written below a passage in a composition, this term indicates that the passage should be performed one octave lower than written.
See Also[Abbreviation] 8a alta
[Abbreviation] 8va bassa
[Abbreviation] 8a b.
[English] at the octave
[French] à l'octave
[German] in der Oktave
[Italian] all' ottava
[Italian] ottava bassa
Last Updated: 2016-06-06 01:06:53