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Definition and background:

Or; otherwise. A directive to perform a certain passage of a composition in an alternate way. or instead; i.e., according to some specified alternative way of performing a passage, which is marked with a footnote, additional small notes, or an additional staffindicates an alternative

For more information on the music term "Ossia" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

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