vocal range



[Eng.]


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.


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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Vocal range, Baritone:
Rossini: The Barber of Seville. "Largo al factotum"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 57

Vocal range, Bass:
Mozart: The Magic Flute, Act II, "Oh Isis and Osiris"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 58

Vocal range, Contralto:
Handel: Messiah, No. 9, "O thou that tellest"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 55

Vocal range, Mezzo-soprano:
Bizet: Carmen, "Habanera"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 54

Vocal range, Soprano:
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, "O mio babbino caro"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 53
Handel: Samson, "Let the Bright Seraphim"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 54
Purcell: Come, ye Sons of Art, come away, "Chaconne"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 55
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras, No. 5, I
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 70

Vocal range, Tenor:
Verdi: Rigoletto, "La donna é mobile"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 56
Bach: Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf, BWV 140, "Er Kommt, er kommt"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 59
Caccini: Amarilli, mia bella
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 52

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