Contralto
Contralto Con*tral"to (? or ?), n. [It., fr. contra + alto. See {Alto}.] (Mus.) (a) The part sung by the highest male or lowest female voices; the alto or counter tenor. (b) the voice or singer performing this part; as, her voice is a contralto; she is a contralto. [1913 Webster]

Note: The usual range of the contralto voice is from G, below middle C, to the C above that; though exceptionally it embraces two octaves. [1913 Webster]


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  • CONTRALTO — CONTRAL Terme synonyme d’alto. On utilise contralto pour désigner les voix possédant l’ambitus altiste. Pour les instruments, le vocable alto est préféré. L’usage est toutefois répandu d’appeler contralto la voix féminine d’alto, alors qu’on ne… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • contralto — CONTRÁLTO, s.n. invar. Voce feminină cu registrul cel mai grav şi a cărei întindere cuprinde aproximativ două octave. – Din it. contralto. Trimis de IoanSoleriu, 12.06.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  contrálto (voce) s. n. invar. (sil. mf. contr ) Trimis… …   Dicționar Român

  • Contralto — Con*tral to (? or ?), a. (Mus.) Of or pertaining to a contralto, or to the part in music called contralto; as, a contralto voice. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contralto — lowest female voice, 1730, from It. contralto; see CONTRA (Cf. contra ) against, opposite + ALTO (Cf. alto). The part next above the alto …   Etymology dictionary

  • contralto — s. m. 1. Voz média entre triple e tenor. • s. f. 2. Dama que tem voz de contralto …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • contralto — sustantivo masculino 1. Área: música Voz entre la de tiple y la de tenor: Tienes voz de contralto. sustantivo masculino,f. 1. Área: música Persona que tiene esta voz: Es una de las contraltos …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • contralto — (Del it. contralto). 1. m. Mús. Voz media entre la de tiple y la de tenor. 2. com. Mús. Persona que tiene esta voz …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • contralto — [kən tral′tō] n. pl. contraltos or contralti [kən tral′tē] [It: see CONTRA & ALTO] 1. the range of a low female voice between mezzo soprano and tenor, usually from about the first F below middle C to the second F above; alto 2. a) a voice or… …   English World dictionary

  • contralto — CONTRALTO: On ne sait pas ce que c est …   Dictionnaire des idées reçues

  • contralto — has a plural contraltos, not (as in Italian) contralti …   Modern English usage

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