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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

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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

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Subjects: Music

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