vocal range

[English]
The range of notes that a singing voice can encompass. A vocal range of about C above the treble clef to about Middle C is the range of a soprano, the range from F in the top of the treble clef to F below Middle C is the alto range, the range from G above Middle C to C below Middle C would be that of a tenor, and the range of Middle C to C below the bass clef would be the range of a bass. A mezzo soprano (often referred to as simply a "mezzo") would be between the soprano and alto, a baritone would be between the tenor and bass, and a contralto would be a low alto, or simply an alto. Usually soprano, mezzo soprano, alto and contralto are female voices and tenor, baritone, and bass are male.

Example

Henry Purcell: Come, ye Sons of Art, come away, "Chaconne"

Baritone: Gioachino Antonio Rossini: The Barber of Seville. "Largo al factotum"

Bass: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute, Act II, "Oh Isis and Osiris"

Contralto: George Frideric Handel: Messiah, No. 9, "O thou that tellest"

Soprano: Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, "O mio babbino caro"

George Frideric Handel: Samson, "Let the Bright Seraphim"

Tenor: Verdi: Rigoletto, "La donna é mobile"

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf, BWV 140, "Er Kommt, er kommt"

Mezzo-soprano: Georges Bizet: Carmen, "Habanera"

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras, No. 5, I


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