Reference Entry

Tenor

David Fallows, Owen Jander, Elizabeth Forbes, J.B. Steane, Ellen T. Harris and Gerald Waldman

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

Show Summary Details

Preview

In polyphony between about 1250 and 1500, the structurally fundamental (or ‘holding’) voice, vocal or instrumental; by the 15th century it came to signify the male voice that sang such parts, and later it was applied not only to singers covering roughly c (called Tenor C) to a′ but also instrumental parts occupying approximately that register (see Tenor violin, for example). In some 18th-century sources ‘tenor’ means ‘viola’. In Change ringing,

Keywords: Early uses of the word; The word in early polyphony; The voice up to c1600; 1600–1800; 19th century; 20th century

Reference Entry.  7717 words. 

Subjects: Music

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.