Is there a maximum "range" for a tessitura?
Date: March 4, 2011
While range refers to the spectrum of notes from the lowest to the highest in a piece, and tessitura refers to which part of that range is most used, I'm wondering what the "range" of a tessitura could be. In other words, is there a maximum interval for tessituras (5ths, 6ths, 7ths, octaves, 9ths...?) For example, a song with a range from C4 to E5 could have a tessitura from G4 to C5, which would cover an interval of a fourth. On the other hand, is it possible for a piece to have a range of an octave and a half or two octaves and a tessitura of one whole octave?
Looking forward to reading people's opinions. Thanks in advance.
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