Contralto vs Alto - What's the difference?

contralto | alto |

Contralto is a coordinate term of alto.


As nouns the difference between contralto and alto

is that contralto is (music) the lowest female voice or voice part, higher than tenor and lower than soprano the terms contralto and alto refer to a similar musical pitch, but among singers, the term contralto is reserved for female singers; the equivalent male form is counter-tenor originally the contratenor altus was a high countermelody sung against the tenor or main melody while alto is a musical part or section higher than tenor and lower than soprano, formerly the part that performed a countermelody above the tenor or main melody.

contralto

English

Noun

(en-noun)
  • (music) The lowest female voice or voice part, falling between tenor and mezzo-soprano. The terms contralto and alto refer to a similar musical pitch, but among singers, the term contralto is reserved for female singers; the equivalent male form is counter-tenor. Originally the contratenor altus was a high countermelody sung against the tenor or main melody.
  • Synonyms

    * alto

    Coordinate terms

    * (voice types) soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, contralto (female); countertenor, tenor, baritone, bass (male)

    alto

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A musical part or section higher than tenor and lower than soprano, formerly the part that performed a countermelody above the tenor or main melody.
  • A person or musical instrument that performs the alto part.
  • Usage notes

    * Nouns often modified by "alto": saxophone, clarinet, flute, recorder, part, solo, voice, singer.

    Synonyms

    * (musical part or section) contratenor altus, high countertenor

    Coordinate terms

    * (voice types) soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, contralto (female); countertenor, tenor, baritone, bass (male)

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