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Alto vs. Contralto

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Main Difference

The main difference between Alto and Contralto is that the Alto is a voice range between soprano and tenor in choral music and Contralto is a type of classical female singing voice.

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  • Alto (noun)

    A musical part or section higher than tenor and lower than soprano, formerly the part that performed a countermelody above the tenor or main melody.

  • Alto (noun)

    A person or musical instrument that performs the alto part.

  • Alto (noun)

    An alto saxophone

  • Contralto (noun)

    The lowest female voice or voice part, falling between tenor and mezzo-soprano. The terms contralto and alto refer to a similar musical pitch, but among singers, the term contralto is reserved for female singers; the equivalent male form is counter-tenor. Originally the contratenor altus was a high countermelody sung against the tenor or main melody.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Alto (noun)

    Formerly the part sung by the highest male, or counter-tenor, voices; now the part sung by the lowest female, or contralto, voices, between in tenor and soprano. In instrumental music it now signifies the tenor.

  • Alto (noun)

    An alto singer.

  • Contralto (noun)

    The part sung by the highest male or lowest female voices; the alto or counter tenor.

  • Contralto (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a contralto, or to the part in music called contralto; as, a contralto voice.

Webster Dictionary
  • Alto (noun)

    a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef

  • Alto (noun)

    the lowest female singing voice

  • Alto (noun)

    the highest adult male singing voice

  • Alto (noun)

    the pitch range of the lowest female voice

  • Alto (adjective)

    of or being the lowest female voice

  • Alto (adjective)

    of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor

  • Alto (adjective)

    (of a musical instrument) second highest member of a group;

    "alto clarinet or recorder"

  • Contralto (noun)

    a woman singer having a contralto voice

  • Contralto (noun)

    the lowest female singing voice

  • Contralto (adjective)

    of or being the lowest female voice

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