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  Alto (voice) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The majority however define contralto and alto as synonyms, and assign the adjectives light and dark, with a dark alto being a female of tenor range, while a light alto, commonly referred to as simply alto, to include mezzo-sopranos as well.
Contraltos are fairly rare in opera (and in general), since there is very little work that was written specifically for them.
Most of the time, contralto roles are limited to maids, mothers and grandmothers, but they do occasionally get notable roles, with witches being the most common outside of the three former roles.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Contralto   (469 words)

 A Special Contralto Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Contrary to popular belief, contralto is not the same thing as alto 2, but they are similar.
A solid contralto has a range from about B flat,C, or C sharp on the F(bass)clef staff to possibly a C or an E on the G clef staff.
Because contraltos are few and far between, the lower notes on split alto parts are usually written within the second alto range.
www.angelfire.com /tn/spartagus/contralto.html   (115 words)

 contralto on Encyclopedia.com
Since most second parts were for a high male voice or a low woman's voice, the term came to mean a low woman's voice, pitched about a fifth below the soprano.
Opera Contralto Singer Marian Anderson Honored With U.S. Postage Stamp.
A tribute to Marian Anderson; famed contralto is honored at gala concert in Connecticut.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/c1/contralt.asp   (248 words)

 Kathleen Ferrier - contralto   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A contralto with an exceptional beautiful voice, a voice that can move, as in Mahler's 'Abschied' from Das Lied der Erde, but also is capable to sing simply folk songs such as 'The stuttering lovers' or 'Blow the wind Southerly' on a way that is exemplary.
A full, rich contralto voice, flexible throughout its compass and capable of lovely shades of tone and expression, is rare in these days, and as the possessor of such a voice Miss Ferrier is far better equipped by nature than are many contraltos who enjoy considerable fame.
Miss Ferrier has one of the purest contralto voices, and she left the impression that she will be one of the country's leading oratorio singers in the near future.
www.dutchdivas.net /altos/ferrier.html   (506 words)

 Polish-American Journal: Polish Contralto Ewa Podles at Kleinhans Mary Seaton Room@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
At the moment, there is no shortage of splendid mezosopranos, but as everyone knows, a contralto remains a rare thing.
Contralto Ewa Podles will take the stage Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m.
If the reaction to her spring 1997 recitals in New York and San Francisco are an indication of the future, she's about to achieve long-awaited stardom in the U.S. As comfortable with Mahler and Prokofiev as with the breathtaking florid music of...
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1P1:22071088&refid=ip_encyclopedia_hf   (186 words)

 Marian Anderson - contralto   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
sang her 'spirituals' before a civilised audience (and) at the first sound of that biblical voice - an unimaginable, unexpected fusion of contralto, mezzo and soprano - those indifferent spectators were moved by an incomparable stream of resonance...
Contralto Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 1949 the contralto resumed concertising in Europe and in the 50th added South America, Japan and Israel to her itineraries.
www.dutchdivas.net /altos/anderson.html   (921 words)

 Arts + Features - so, just what is a contralto? - The St. Petersburg Times. General news from St.Petersburg and Russia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
There were almost no true contraltos in the 20th century, and neither theaters nor audiences are used to [the voice].
They don't know that a true contralto embraces more than three octaves, from soprano [notes] to alto [notes], while possessing the [virtuoso high] coloratura abilities.
Quite often, altos are called contraltos, which is very embarrassing.
archive.sptimes.ru /archive/times/833/features/a_8312.htm   (964 words)

 Contralto, Mon Frère
The stars of the opera world are the showboat tenors and sopranos, but for sheer emotional slam and beautiful tonal color, it’s hard to beat a really great contralto.
This vocal range has an almost androgynous impact at the bottom end, where it merges with tenor tones, but also conveys a great, earthy womanliness at the heart, a kind of thinking man’s (or woman’s, what the hey) sensuality.
Polish contralto Ewa Podles demonstrated her magisterial command with her ravishing singing in Mahler’s "Das Lied von der Erde" last fall with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
www.citypaper.net /articles/021700/cw.critpick.contralto.shtml   (152 words)

 Search Results for contralto - Encyclopædia Britannica
English contralto known for her concert performances of ballads and oratorios.
contralto who was one of the most widely beloved British singers of her day.
Austrian contralto who was one of the principal interpreters of the operas of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss before the outbreak of World War I. More Articles
www.britannica.com /search?query=contralto&submit=Find&source=MWTAB   (278 words)

 Opera lirica: Tutte le informazioni su Opera lirica su Encyclopedia.it
I cantanti, ed i ruoli che essi interpretano, sono distinti in rapporto al registro di vocalità: così i ruoli maschili possono essere cantati da un basso, un basso-baritono, un baritono, un tenore, un controtenore (l'equivalente moderno del castrato seicentesco, come ad esempio il celebre Farinelli).
I ruoli femminili, invece, sono classificati, in ordine crescente, come contralto, mezzosoprano e soprano.
Già al suo sorgere, il melodramma accese appassionate (e appassionanti tuttora) dispute tra gli intellettuali del tempo tese a stabilire se in un'opera lirica fosse più importante la musica o il testo; il quesito è rimasto e rimane, di fatto, senza risposta.
www.encyclopedia.it /o/op/opera_lirica.html   (360 words)

THE CONTRALTO SAX (key of C) The Contralto is a unique instrument.
The inside of the Contralto bore is now tapered throughout the neck bushing area as it should be.
THE NECK controls the overall intonation of the horn and so after the neck was perfected, the toneholes of the body had to be moved to match these new intonation improvements.
cvip.fresno.com /~js210/contra.html   (746 words)

 Hilary Fisher - Contralto
Hilary is an established oratorio and recital soloist with a contralto voice of rich and distinctive quality, appearing with Choral Societies and on the concert platform in London and throughout the UK.
Hilary is the contralto soloist in a performance of CPE Bach's "Magnificat" in Market Harborough (November 19th).
Hilary is contralto soloist in "Messiah" for Putney Choral Society on December 10th.
www.hilaryfisher.com   (175 words)

 Chapter Contracted <i>to</i> Contrary of C by Webster's Dictionary (1913 Edition)
the voice or singer performing this part; as, her voice is a contralto; she is a contralto.
The usual range of the contralto voice is from G, below middle C, to the C above that; though exceptionally it embraces two octaves.
Of or pertaining to a contralto, or to the part in music called contralto; as, a contralto voice.
www.bibliomania.com /2/3/257/1194/22268/4.html   (249 words)

 At home with her range: Contralto Podles will deliver 3 octaves plus in her MOT debut
So few contraltos of distinction have emerged in recent decades that one plausible explanation is that God simply got tired of making them.
The lowest of the female voices, the contralto -- or alto, as the voice type is often referred to in sacred and choral music -- remains a slippery, often confusing category.
By the end of the 18th Century, contraltos were taking over the roles in the operas of Handel and others that had previously been sung by castrati.
www.freep.com /entertainment/music/mot17_20031017.htm   (929 words)

 Wiebke Hoogklimmer, Altistin und Musiktheaterregisseurin - Contralto and Stage Director
The composer Anna Rubin, whose "ICESONG" I performed last year in Berlin, had the idea to compose a new piece for me. Because I was interested in a unusual combination of instruments and voice, I asked the Musagetes-Quintet.
Anna Rubin was inspired to compose something for wind quintet and contralto.
He asked the composer acquainted with him Gabriel Soto and Virtú Maragno and they were very interested to compose something for wind quintet and contralto.
www.wiebkehoogklimmer.de /kriegeng.htm   (443 words)

 209. A Contralto Voice. Specimen Days. Whitman, Walt. 1892. Prose Works   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The air was borne by a rich contralto.
For nearly half an hour there in the dark, (there was a good string of English stanzas,) came the music, firm and unhurried, with long pauses.
And under all—under the Northern Crown up there, and in the fresh breeze below, and the chiaroscuro of the night, that liquid-full contralto.
www.bonus.com /contour/bartlettqu/http@@/www.bartleby.com/229/1209.html   (177 words)

 AFROCENTRIC VOICES--Marian Anderson Biography
Norman recalled the first recording she heard of the contralto: "I listened, thinking, 'This can't be just a voice, so rich and beautiful.' It was a revelation.
A variety of sources suggested February 17, 1902, as her birthdate; however, Anderson's birth certificate, released by her family after her death, listed the date as February 27, 1897.
A true contralto, Anderson's vocal range went from a soul-stirring d to a soul-lifting c'''.
www.afrovoices.com /anderson.html   (1643 words)

 HANDEL Lotario 82876 58797 2 [RH]: Classical CD Reviews- Nov 2004 MusicWeb-International   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
His second contralto, Antonia Merighi, generally performed male roles because of the low tessitura of her voice, but Handel had already engaged contralto Francesca Bertolli who specialised in male roles.
The evil Berengario, Duke of Spoleto (Steve Davislim, tenor), who in fact has murdered the King, and his equally malevolent wife Matilde (Sonia Prina, contralto) are attempting to pressure the late King’s widow Adelaide (Simone Kermes, soprano) to marry their son Idelberto (Hilary Summers, contralto).
By the end of the opera Matilde and Berengario are defeated, Idelberto is given their throne and Adelaide and Lotario declare their love in a lovely duettino where Kermes and Mingardo’s voices combine and contrast beautifully.
www.musicweb-international.com /classrev/2004/Nov04/Handel_Lotario.htm   (1096 words)

 Shareware: O du mein holder Abendstern   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This was inspired when a certain mezzo in the rec.music.opera newsgroup mentioned a fondness for this baritone aria.
I chose E as the most likely key for such an effect, but I later added a version in E flat, which may be better for some voices.
If anyone has any use for such an arrangement (for either contralto or baritone) please contact me and I may be able to prepare it for you.
home.earthlink.net /~markdlew/shw/TannAben.htm   (391 words)

 A section of music encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Most women are altos, and the term is usually "contralto".
The alto clef (see Clef) is a sign written on the musical stave to show that the middle line of the stave is middle C. It is now used for much of the music written for viola and other instruments of similar range.
Female alto soloists are usually described as contralto rather than alto.
www.traditionalmusic.co.uk /traditional-music/ency/a.htm   (5383 words)

 Vocalist.org archive
contralto, the latter is mainly a recitalist, though she does sing some
Given that true contralto roles are routinely cast with
contralto in such an environment would be to my benefit or not.
www.vocalist.org /group/vocalist-temporary/message/8890.html   (631 words)

 JS Online: Contralto taking on fresh challenge in 'Il Trovatore'
Contralto taking on fresh challenge in 'Il Trovatore'
Ewa Podles, a leading international concert and opera contralto, will make her Milwaukee debut Saturday, courtesy of the Florentine Opera.
She will sing the weighty role of Azucena, the old gypsy whose desire for revenge piles tragedy upon tragedy in Verdi's "Il Trovatore."
www.jsonline.com /onwisconsin/arts/nov04/271390.asp   (817 words)

 Marian Anderson (Contralto) - Short Biography
A women with a pleasing plainness and dignity, with a curious voice, which persists in fact of two voices - an abyss low contralto, and a dramatic soprano - and of a profound musicality.
Growing up in Philadelphia's "Negro quarter" in a single rented room with her parents and two sisters, Anderson overcame racial and economical boundaries to become a highly acclaimed contralto.
At the age of six, Anderson sang in the choir of the Union Baptist Church, where she became known as "baby contralto." Despite her sporadic musical education, the unique sound and extraordinary range of her voice continued to impress listeners by the time she turned sixteen.
www.bach-cantatas.com /Bio/Anderson-Marian.htm   (631 words)

 Amazon.ca: Music: Cantata Da Camera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Cantata: Or che una nube ingrata: For Contralto And Basso Continuo: Adagio et recitativo: Or che una nube ingrata
Cantata: Vicino a un rivoletto: For Contralto, Violin, Violoncello And Basso Continuo: Recitaive: Vicino a un rivoletto
Cantata: Vicino a un rivoletto: For Contralto, Violin, Violoncello And Basso Continuo: Aria: Zeffiretto amorosetto (Adagio-Andante)
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000029Y3   (428 words)

 Sound clips   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
We skipped to the recitative #77 below, which is the second to the last piece, and then finished out the work and then went down and hid in the campus tunnel between buildings.
Contralto Aria #36 for contralto aria #36 from The Passion Of Our Lord According to St Matthew by J.S. Bach.
I sing the contralto part, and I really wish I could remember the names of the other soloists, but I can't and there is nothing that came with the tapes that has soloist names on it.
home.mchsi.com /~worivqeylar/singing/singing.html   (338 words)

 Lenka Pistecka - opera singer - Contralto   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The contralto Lenka Pistecka's performance penetrated deep into the hearts of the several hunderd - strong audience.
"Doubtlessly, the outstanding solo performance of the evening was the rendering of the extraordinarily prodicient contralto Lenka Pistecka in the field of oratorios, where she also enjoyed the best parts of the entire work.
"To listen Lenka Pistecka transmitting the most subdued pianissimo in her clear contralto voice while blending with the whole ensamble was in itself worth attending the concert..."
mujweb.cz /www/pistecka/en/kritiky.htm   (112 words)

 The Press (Canterbury, New Zealand): Contralto concert@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Press (Canterbury, New Zealand): Contralto concert@ HighBeam Research
Contralto Anne Lamont Low and pianist Mark Secker will perform works by French composers Ernest Chausson...
The above preview is from The Press (Canterbury, New Zealand), June 9, 1999.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1P1:23280582&refid=ip_encyclopedia_hf   (108 words)

 CDS en los que se pueden oír tocar mis instrumentos
Ensemble Scarabee (Wendy Wouters - Flauta Contralto Barocca in F según Denner, Sascha Mommertz - Flauta Soprano Barocca in C según Terton, Flauta Contralto Barocca in F según Denner (a'=440 Hz and a'=415 Hz), Voice Flute in D según Bressan)
Horacio Franco (Flauta Contralto Barocca in F según Denner, Flauta Contralto Barocca in F según Stanesby sr., Voice Flute in D según Bressan)
Horacio Franco and the Georgian Chamber Orchestra (Horacio Franco - Flauta Contralto Barroca según Denner, a' = 440 Hz)
www.xs4all.nl /~sorelart/discography/d00discographyS.html   (290 words)

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