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Soprano (It.)locked

  • Owen Jander,
  • Elizabeth Forbes,
  • Stanley Sadie,
  • J.B. Steane,
  • Ellen T. Harris
  •  and Gerald Waldman


A term signifying in normal practice the highest musical range, used both in instrumental and vocal music: thus, ‘soprano clef’, ‘soprano part’, ‘soprano register’, ‘soprano saxophone’. In vocal music, where it is most common, the word generally refers directly to the singer: with female voices, it is frequently modified to describe the specific type of voice, such as ‘lyric soprano’ or ‘dramatic soprano’; it is also used for a boy's treble voice (‘boy soprano’) and in the 17th and 18th centuries was used for the adult male ...

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