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Definition of alto clef

Alto clef
Alto Al"to, n.; pl. Altos. [It. alto high, fr. L. altus. Cf. Alt.] 1. (Mus.) 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. 2. An alto singer. Alto clef (Mus.) the counter-tenor clef, or the C clef, placed so that the two strokes include the middle line of the staff. --Moore.
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Clef Clef (kl[e^]f; 277), n. [F. clef key, a key in music, fr. L. clavis key. See Clavicle.] (Mus.) A character used in musical notation to determine the position and pitch of the scale as represented on the staff. Note: The clefs are three in number, called the C, F, and G clefs, and are probably corruptions or modifications of these letters. They indicate that the letters of absolute pitch belonging to the lines upon which they are placed, are respectively C, F, and G. The F or bass clef, and the G or treble clef, are fixed in their positions upon the staff. The C clef may have three positions. It may be placed upon the first or lower line of the staff, in which case it is called soprano clef, upon the third line, in which case it called alto clef, or upon the fourth line, in which case tenor clef. It rarely or never is placed upon the second line, except in ancient music. See other forms of C clef under C, 2. Alto clef, Bass clef. See under Alto, Bass.
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Counter tenor Coun"ter ten`or (t?n`?r). [OF. contreteneur. Cf. Contratenor, and see Tenor a part in music.] (Mus.) One of the middle parts in music, between the tenor and the treble; high tenor. Counter-tenor clef (Mus.), the C clef when placed on the third line; -- also called alto clef.

Meaning of alto clef from wikipedia

- modern music, only four clefs are used regularly: treble clef, b**** clef, alto clef, and tenor clef. Of these, the treble and b**** clefs are by far the most...
- "alto" is also used to designate a specific kind of musical clef; see alto clef. In choral music for mixed voices, "alto" describes the lowest part...
- viola differs from most other instruments in that it primarily uses the alto clef. When viola music has substantial sections in a higher register, it switches...
- line above the lower staff. Very rarely, a centered line with a small alto clef is written, and usually used to indicate that B, C, or D on the line can...
- the notes may be notated in treble clef, or in the case of trombone, alto clef.[citation needed] A ledger line is also used to support a half rest or...
- A countertenor (also contra tenor) is a type of cl****ical male singing voice whose vocal range is equivalent to that of the female contralto or mezzo-soprano...
- Transposing instruments are most commonly found in C, E-flat, F, G, A, and B-flat. Instruments in D-flat, D, E, A-flat, and B do or did exist but are uncommon...
- makes the center line on the staff middle C, and is referred to as the "alto clef". This clef is used in modern notation for the viola. While all clefs...
- that sound one octave lower than Soprano Sheng, and primarily uses the alto clef or treble clef (octave down), and at times the b**** clef. This variant...
- The contrab**** clarinet and contra-alto clarinet are the two largest members of the clarinet family that are in common usage. Modern contrab**** clarinets...
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