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CONTRALTO (from Ital. contra-alto, i....

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 41 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CONTRALTO (from Ital. contra-alto, i.e. next above the alto), the -term for the lowest variety of the female voice, as distinguished from the soprano and mezzo-soprano. Originally it signified, in choral music, the part next higher than the alto, given to the falsetto counter-tenor.
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