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fal·set·to

(fawl-set'tō),
Descriptive of phonation at an unnaturally high frequency.
[It., fr. falso, false, + -etto, dim. suffix]

fal·set·to

(fawl-set'tō)
High-pitched voice produced by vibration of the anterior third of the vocal folds while the posterior folds are tightly adducted.
See also: voice
[It., fr. falso, false, + -etto, dim. suffix]
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And fans of William Finn, composer of Falsettos and other fast, funny musicals, know he's good at writing songs for smart, awkward kids.
A comedy about a spelling bee might seem like a departure for the Tony-winning Finn, who is known for Falsettos, March of the Falsettos, A New Brain and other works.
He charmed his audience with crooning falsettos that could have brought dogs running and a lackadaisical stage presence which belied the effort being put into each song.
Falsettos, after all, is not a new musical but a belated restaging of two Off Broadway hits from earlier seasons.
Based on past articles about him, the clenched, frazzled speeches he gave in accepting two Tony awards for his musical Falsettos, and mostly on the variety of neuroses he's attributed to the characters in his musicals, one expects a discussion with Finn to reveal a generous measure of angst.