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alto clef

Definition of the noun alto clef

What does alto clef mean as a name of something?


  1. a clef that puts middle C on the third line of a staff
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of alto clef: viola clef
    • more generic word: clef = a musical notation written on a staff indicating the pitch of the notes following it

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Google previewHarvard Dictionary of Music (1969)

by Willi Apel

The alto clef is used for the viola and instruments of a similar range; the tenor clef for the high range of the cello, the bassoon, the tenor trombone, etc. History. The clef signs evolved from the letters they stand for. Ex. c shows early shapes, ...

Google previewDictionary of Music (1983)

by Theodore Karp

The alto clef (a c-clef on the third line) is used mainly in the notation of viola music, while the tenor clef (a c-clef on the fourth line) is used occasionally in the notation of high phrases for cello, bassoon, or trombone. Some vocal music for tenors ...

Google previewThe Globe encyclopaedia of universal information, ed. by J.M. Ross (1878)

by Globe encyclopaedia

Alto clef. Higher or lower notes necessary in a piece of music are placed on what are called ledger lines, being supplementary linei placed where required above or Mow the staff. The following is the musical scale for all ordinary ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Music (2004)

by Christine Ammer

alto clef See under CLEF. alto flute See under FLUTE. alto horn A TENOR HORN in E-flat. alto oboe See under ...

Google previewAn encyclopœdia, or dictionary of music (1825)

by John Feltham Danneley

ALTO CLEF, a musical character placed upon the third line of the staff, called also the C clef. See Ex. 168. ALTO CONCERTANTE, see Concertante. PRIMO, first, or principal tenor, in contradistinction to ALTO SECONDO, the second tenor.

Google previewMusic Dictionary (2008)

Paperback Lessons by Hal Leonard Corp.

alto clef: The C clef falling on the third line of the staff. Used almost exclusively by the viola: E alto flute: See flute. alto saxophone: See saxophone. altra, altro (It., AHL-trah, AHL-troh): Other. altra volta (It, AHL-trah VOHL-tah): “ Another ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Music (2005)

Hence the alto clef, where middle C is ...

Google previewModern Music and Musicians: Encyclopedia: v. 1. A history of music; special articles; great composers; v. 2. Religious music of the world; vocal music and musicians; the opera; history and guide; v. 3. The theory of music; piano technique; special articles; modern instruments; anecdotes of musicians; dictionary. (musical terms and biography) (1912)

by Louis Charles Elson

line, alto clef, also viola or alto trombone clef ; on fourth line, tenor clef ; used also for upper notes of violoncello and bassoon. The C clef always signifies middle C; that is, C that lies between the fifth line bass staff and first line treble staff.

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Alto clef Meaning

Video shows what alto clef means. A type of C-clef when placed on the third line of the staff in musical notation.. alto clef synonyms: viola clef. Alto clef Meaning.

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