Noun Alto-rilievo Definition and Examples







(especially in church music) the highest adult male singing voice (sometimes distinguished from the countertenor voice as using falsetto).
  1. 'Usually there were four professional singers filling out the solo roles with amateur choirs singing choruses and kids from Boys Grammar doing some male alto singing.'
  2. 'Linwood sings male alto as well as soprano but he also has an additional, very attractive qualification: a Masters degree in Romance Languages and Linguistics from Harvard University.'
  3. 'The music was fun and in that situation I liked singing soprano better than singing alto, although I do love the inner harmonies, too.'
  4. 'This time she changed her voice into a deep alto.'
  5. 'This she held out before her now with both hands as one does with an offering and, after another silent pause, she began to sing in a clear alto, the song of her own making, which Forest around seemed to understand, listening intently.'
  6. 'She was an alto trying to sing soprano and missing.'
  7. 'As the main emphasis of the courses lies in the choir made up of all participants, space is limited to approximately twenty sopranos, twelve altos and counter-tenors, and sixteen basses.'
  8. 'Soprano, alto, tenor and bass parts are all ascribed to him.'
  9. 'There is an overdependence on unison writing between the alto and bass, and most of the drum lines are unimaginative and monotonous.'
Denoting the member of a family of instruments pitched second or third highest.
  1. 'The three smaller works are a duo for cello and piano, Six Days in Jericho, a duo for alto flute and piano, Spilliaert's Beach, and a piano solo, A Haunted Heart.'
  2. 'The bass flute has an especially prominent part, and the composer suggests that alto and bass players may exchange parts between movements to rest the arms and the embouchure.'
  3. 'All the pieces I receive are put onto our waiting lists for performances, and we have an open call for scores for any chamber works using the alto or bass flute.'
  4. 'He was primarily self-taught beginning on trumpet before switching to alto sax.'
  5. 'Ornette also tries his hand at several other instruments besides alto.'
((n.) High relief; sculptured work in which the figures project more than half their thickness; as, this figure is an alto-rilievo or in alto-rilievo.)

Late 16th century: from Italian alto (canto) ‘high (song)’.

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