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[Italian, from Lat. altus - high]

1. A female voice of low range, (usually about G below the treble clef to C in the treble clef) also called contralto.
2. Originally the alto was a high male voice, which, through the use of falsetto, reached the range of a female alto (this type of male voice is also called a countertenor).
3. The second highest part of a normal four part chorus.
4. In French, the second highest instrument of the violin family: the viola.
Also [English]  viola; [French] alto (m); [German] Bratsche  (f); [German] Altgeige  (f); [Italian] viola (f); [Spanish] viola[Abbreviation] Va.; [Abbreviation] Vla.; [Abbreviation] Br.
5. In reference to instrument families such as the clarinet, flute and recorder, the second or third highest member of the family.


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See Also

[Abbreviation] Alt.


Last Updated: 2016-04-29 16:07:00