alto

Definitions

  • Alto-rilievo
    Alto-rilievo
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj alto (of a musical instrument) second highest member of a group "alto clarinet or recorder"
    • adj alto of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor
    • adj alto of or being the lowest female voice
    • n alto the pitch range of the lowest female voice
    • n alto (of a musical instrument) the second highest instrument in a family of musical instruments
    • n alto the highest adult male singing voice
    • n alto the lowest female singing voice
    • n alto a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stanford University engineers Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their company in a Palo Alto garage with $1,538. Their first product was an audio oscillator bought by Walt Disney studios for use in the movie Fantasia.
    • Alto An alto singer.
    • Alto (Mus) Formerly the part sung by the highest male, or counter-tenor, voices; now the part sung by the lowest female, or contralto, voices, between in tenor and soprano. In instrumental music it now signifies the tenor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • alto Literally, high: an element in terms relating to music and art: as, alto-ripieno, alto-rilievo.
    • n alto In music: Same as contralto.
    • n alto The instrument called in England the tenor violin, and by the Italians the viola.
    • alto See all, adv., 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alto alt′o (mus.) properly the same as counter-tenor, the male voice of the highest pitch (now principally falsetto), and not the lowest female voice, which is properly contralto, though in printed music the second part in a quartet is always called alto.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. alto, high, fr. L. altus,. Cf. Alt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.—L. altus, high.

Usage

In literature:

And now Hattie could sing alto.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
He believed in the music of the spheres, and assigned alto, bass, tenor, and treble to certain stars.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
On this occasion the alto part was flat, and the effect was not as good as it is out of doors.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Mammy tells me it was a full month 'fore they gits to Alto, their new home.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
These are the first eight notes of the alto of the female voice and of the bass of the male voice.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
Originally it signified, in choral music, the part next higher than the alto, given to the falsetto counter-tenor.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
From London to Palo Alto is a short trip, if at the end of it you meet a Hester.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
Dave Mead was our tenor, and Bess Anderson at the organ sang alto.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Agnes had a clear, if light contralto voice; the alto part was easy for her to sing.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
They at once realized what had happened, piped up their joyous altos, and precipitated themselves upon Si.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

Rafagas de huracan, que arrebatais
Del alto bosque las marchitas hojas,
Arrastrado en el ciego torbellino,
iLlevadme con vosotras!
"Rimas LII" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
Night rests in beauty on Mont Alto.
Beneath its shade the beauteous Arno sleeps
In vallombrosa's bosom, and dark trees
Bend with a calm and quiet shadow down
Upon the beauty of that silent river.
"Italian Scenery" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The old man curl'd his whip-lash round
An alto-vic'd muskitter,
Preacher, sort ov triumphant, strok'd
His ornary old critter.
Spense p'ints tew flour, an' hog, an' jar,
Sez he, "I've got religion thar!
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
A Spanish alto, Polly, who sang from early morn;
A bearded actor, Billy, who play'd the double horn;
A mimic man, Falsetto, who scaled the treble staff,
And climb'd the ledger lines above, and made the people laugh.
"The Parrot and the Billy-Goat" by Henry Clay Work
He was not a ghost, my visitor, but solid flesh and bone;
He wore a Palo Alto hat, his weight was twenty stone;
(It’s odd how hats expand their brims as riper years invade,
As if when life had reached its noon it wanted them for shade!)
"Nux Postcoenatica" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

History was made one year ago when the Palo Alto wrestling team won its first league-meet championship in 25 years.
Exactly 180 bras were reported stolen from the women's lingerie store at about 2 pm Wednesday, Palo Alto police Officer Ron Harris told The Daily News.
Visit Palo Alto County Parks Find a Pinecone Win a Prize.
In an effort to encourage people to get out and explore our local parks, preserves and wildlife areas, the Palo Alto County Conservation Board put an incentive before the public.
Eager buyers crowd Apple's Palo Alto store shortly after Sept 21 opening.
Bill Cole, Coltrane scholar and player of several exotic double-reed instruments, salutes his late friend and collaborator alto saxophonist Sam Furnace on this collection of extended live performances.
The Orient Express 400 (OEX-400) compact PA system from ALTO is designed for use in schools and churches.
Born June 13, 1918, Dangelo played alto saxophone in area dance bands for more than 70 years.
Dangelo played alto saxophone in area dance bands for more than 70 years.
Palo Alto's Bookshare shows benefits of open standard for digital reading material .
Marcus Armani took the picture with a Canon 20D and a 400mm f/4 lens at the 690-acre Arastradero Preserve in the Palo Alto foothills.
Palo Alto to redraw golf course, add playing fields City Council embraces flood-protection plan that adds recreational opportunities to Baylands site.
The Army is investigating how the 3rd Infantry Division obtained intelligence software on a cost-free basis from Palo Alto, Calif.-based Palantir prior to its year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
LOI Inc (Canonsburg, Pa.) has received an order from Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA) for a new pusher reheat furnace and associated equipment for their plate mill expansion.
Palo Alto couple presses for 'sense of urgency' in relieving academic stress Personal tragedy created spark for 'We Can Do Better Palo Alto'.
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In science:

We are grateful to the Calar Alto and La Silla staff for their excellent support and hospitality.
Near-infrared adaptive optics observations of galaxy clusters: Abell 262 at z=0.0157, J1836.3CR at z=0.414, and PKS 0743-006 at z=0.994
The Calar Alto 4-m yields a factor of ∼ 4 fewer citations than the average.
Scientific impact of large telescopes
However, the inauguration of two world-class observatories (La Palma, Calar Alto) in Spain in the 1980s has allowed Spanish astronomy to develop rapidly in recent years, with a large increase in the number of astronomers, in the number of institutions, in public interest, and in funding.
The impact of spanish astrophysics in the 1990's
The method was originally developed for the Calar Alto Deep Imaging Survey (CADIS), but is now used in a variety of survey pro jects.
Classification and Redshift Estimation in Multi-Color Surveys
The Calar Alto Deep Imaging Survey (CADIS): Four broad-band (BRJK′ ) and twelve medium-band filters have mostly been chosen to match the needs of the emission line survey in CADIS, while some of them fill in gaps in the spectral coverage.
Classification and Redshift Estimation in Multi-Color Surveys
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