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The range of a v. or instr. from the highest to the lowest note obtainable; or the extreme limit of the notes obtainable. The usual classification of vv. according to compass takes account of 6 ranges, with their distinctive qualities, the average vv. in these ranges having the following compasses:

soprano

c′–c‴

mezzo‐soprano

b–b″

contralto

g–g″ (male alto a note or two less)

tenor

c–c″

baritone

A–F♯

Bass

E–e′/f′

Subjects: Music.


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