(Ger.: ‘Compartment, division’).
zweifach, twofold, dreifach, threefold, etc. Most commonly used to indicate a division of, e.g., the first vns. of an orch., but there is an org. application indicating the no. of ranks in a mixture stop. In an operatic context it denotes the classification of parts—the ‘voice‐category’—for all opera roles in Ger. opera houses. Whereas Cherubino is regarded as sop. role in Fach system, it is mez. in Italy and elsewhere.