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Contralto vs. Tenor

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Contraltonoun

(music) 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.

Tenornoun

(music) Musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto.

Contraltonoun

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

Tenornoun

A person, instrument, or group that performs in the tenor higher than bass and lower than alto range.

Contraltoadjective

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

Tenornoun

Musical part or section that holds or performs the main melody, as opposed to the contratenor bassus and contratenor altus, who perform countermelodies.

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Contraltonoun

a woman singer having a contralto voice

Tenornoun

The lowest tuned in a ring of bells.

Contraltonoun

the lowest female singing voice

Tenornoun

Tone, as of a conversation.

Contraltoadjective

of or being the lowest female voice

Tenornoun

(obsolete) duration; continuance; a state of holding on in a continuous course; general tendency; career.

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Contraltonoun

the lowest female singing voice

‘she sang in a high contralto’;

Tenornoun

(linguistics) The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.

Contraltonoun

a singer with a contralto voice.

Tenornoun

(finance) Time to maturity of a bond.

Contraltonoun

a part written for a contralto voice.

Tenornoun

Stamp; character; nature.

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Contralto

A contralto (Italian pronunciation: [konˈtralto]) is a type of classical female singing voice whose vocal range is the lowest female voice type.The contralto's vocal range is fairly rare; similar to the mezzo-soprano, and almost identical to that of a countertenor, typically between the F below middle C (F3 in scientific pitch notation) to the second F above middle C (F5), although, at the extremes, some voices can reach the D below middle C (D3) or the second B♭ above middle C (B♭5). The contralto voice type is generally divided into the coloratura, lyric, and dramatic contralto.

Tenornoun

(legal) An exact copy of a writing, set forth in the words and figures of it. It differs from purport, which is only the substance or general import of the instrument.

Tenornoun

That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.

Tenornoun

An tenor saxophone

Tenoradjective

Of or pertaining to the tenor part or range.

‘He has a tenor voice.’;

Tenornoun

A state of holding on in a continuous course; manner of continuity; constant mode; general tendency; course; career.

‘Along the cool sequestered vale of lifeThey kept the noiseless tenor of their away.’;

Tenornoun

That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.

‘When it [the bond] is paid according to the tenor.’; ‘Does not the whole tenor of the divine law positively require humility and meekness to all men?’;

Tenornoun

Stamp; character; nature.

‘This success would look like chance, if it were perpetual, and always of the same tenor.’;

Tenornoun

An exact copy of a writing, set forth in the words and figures of it. It differs from purport, which is only the substance or general import of the instrument.

Tenornoun

The higher of the two kinds of voices usually belonging to adult males; hence, the part in the harmony adapted to this voice; the second of the four parts in the scale of sounds, reckoning from the base, and originally the air, to which the other parts were auxillary.

Tenornoun

the adult male singing voice above baritone

Tenornoun

the pitch range of the highest male voice

Tenornoun

an adult male with a tenor voice

Tenornoun

pervading note of an utterance;

‘I could follow the general tenor of his argument’;

Tenoradjective

(of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass;

‘a tenor sax’;

Tenoradjective

of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice;

‘tenor voice’;

Tenornoun

a singing voice between baritone and alto or countertenor, the highest of the ordinary adult male range

‘he had a good tenor voice’; ‘the Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings’;

Tenornoun

a singer with a tenor voice.

Tenornoun

a part written for a tenor voice

‘several members of the party had been able to put in the tenor and the bass’;

Tenornoun

an instrument, especially a saxophone, trombone, tuba, or viol, of the second or third lowest pitch in its family

‘a tenor sax’;

Tenornoun

the largest and deepest bell of a ring or set.

Tenornoun

the general meaning, sense, or content of something

‘the general tenor of the debate’;

Tenornoun

a settled or prevailing character or direction, especially the course of a person's life or habits

‘the even tenor of life in the kitchen was disrupted the following day’;

Tenornoun

the actual wording of a document.

Tenornoun

the time that must elapse before a bill of exchange or promissory note becomes due for payment.

Tenor

A tenor is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range lies between the countertenor and baritone voice types. It is one of the highest of the male voice types.

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