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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Bartz's father ran a local jazz club, and Gary got an alto sax at eleven years of age.
▪ He played alto sax until he was sixteen, then switched to tenor.
▪ Barbieri heads what is basically a small group here, but he adds trumpet, trombone and alto sax on occasion.
▪ Baritone saxophone, alto clarinet. b. Lovejoy, Illinois, 16 Sep 1940.
▪ Bartz's father ran a local jazz club, and Gary got an alto sax at eleven years of age.
▪ He played alto sax until he was sixteen, then switched to tenor.
▪ Here the quartet is joined by another frontman, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
▪ Her choirmaster said her voice, now a low alto, was just too low.
▪ Her rich alto, at 49, is as strong as ever.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Viola \Vi"o*la\, n. [It. See Viol.] (Mus.) An instrument in form and use resembling the violin, but larger, and a fifth lower in compass.

Viola da braccio [It., viol for the arm], the tenor viol, or viola, a fifth lower than the violin. Its part is written in the alto clef, hence it is sometimes called the alto.

Viola da gamba [It., viol for the leg], an instrument resembling the viola, but larger, and held between the knees. It is now rarely used.

Viola da spalla [It., viol for the shoulder], an instrument formerly used, resembling the viola, and intermediate in size between the viola and the viola da gamba.

Viola di amore [It., viol of love: cf. F. viole d'amour], a viol, larger than the viola, having catgut strings upon, and brass or steel wires under, the keyboard. These, sounding sympathetically with the strings, yield a peculiarly soft and silvery sound. It is now seldom used.


high-pitched \high-pitched\ adj.

  1. high in pitch or frequency; -- used of sounds and voices. Opposite of low. [Narrower terms: adenoidal, pinched, nasal; altissimo; alto; countertenor, alto; falsetto; peaky, spiky; piping; shrill, sharp; screaky, screechy, squeaking, squeaky, squealing; soprano, treble; sopranino; tenor]

    Syn: high.

  2. set at a sharp or high angle or slant; as, a high-pitched roof.

    Syn: steeply pitched, steep.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1784, "man with an alto voice," from Italian alto (canto), from Latin altus "high" (see old). Originally a "high" man's voice, now more commonly applied to the lower range of women's voices (which is more strictly the contralto), an extension first recorded in 1881.\n\nThe alto in a man is totally distinct from the contralto in a woman. The tone is utterly different -- the best notes of the one are certainly not the best notes of the other; and although in certain cases a contralto may sing with good effect music written for a male alto (e.g. in some oratorios), yet the converse is scarcely ever true.

["How to Sing," 1890]

\nAs a type of saxophone, from 1869.

n. 1 A musical part or section higher than tenor and lower than soprano, formerly the part that performed a countermelody above the tenor or main melody. 2 A person or musical instrument that performs the alto part.

  1. adj. of or being the lowest female voice [syn: contralto]

  2. of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor [syn: countertenor]

  3. (of a musical instrument) second highest member of a group; "alto clarinet or recorder"

  1. n. a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef

  2. the lowest female singing voice [syn: contralto]

  3. the highest adult male singing voice [syn: countertenor]

  4. the pitch range of the lowest female voice

Alto, GA -- U.S. town in Georgia
Population (2000): 876
Housing Units (2000): 325
Land area (2000): 0.825495 sq. miles (2.138023 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.825495 sq. miles (2.138023 sq. km)
FIPS code: 01948
Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
Location: 34.466531 N, 83.573820 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 30510
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Alto, GA
Alto, TX -- U.S. town in Texas
Population (2000): 1190
Housing Units (2000): 534
Land area (2000): 1.682909 sq. miles (4.358713 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.682909 sq. miles (4.358713 sq. km)
FIPS code: 02188
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 31.650131 N, 95.073810 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Alto, TX
Alto (disambiguation)

Alto is a musical term that has several possible interpretations.

Alto may also refer to:

ALTO (interbank network)

ALTO is an interbank network in Indonesia. It was founded in 1994.

ALTO (film)

Alto is a 2015 American-Italian lesbian mob comedy film directed by Mikki del Monico. It stars Diana DeGarmo and Natalie Knepp as two Italian-American girls who develop an unlikely friendship considering one is a mob boss's daughter and the other is a singer in a band. Nicolette develops feelings for Frankie but all Frankie can do is run away from her emotions. The film is light hearted while showing the struggles of coming out to the family.


The musical term alto, meaning "high" in Italian ( Latin: altus), refers to the second highest part of a contrapuntal musical texture and is also applied to its associated vocal range, especially in choral music. More rarely it describes the highest male solo voice type (usually designated countertenor), and it is also the root word of contralto, the lowest standard female voice type. When designating instruments, "alto" likewise can refer either to the corresponding vocal range ( alto flute and alto trombone) or to musical role ( alto recorder and alto clarinet).


ALTO (Analyzed Layout and Text Object) is an open XML Schema developed by the EU-funded project called METAe.
The standard was initially developed for the description of text OCR and layout information of pages for digitized material. The goal was to describe the layout and text in a form to be able to reconstruct the original appearance based on the digitized information - similar to the approach of a lossless image saving operation.
ALTO is often used in combination with Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) for the description of the whole digitized object and creation of references across the ALTO files, e.g. reading sequence description.
The Standard is hosted by the Library of Congress since 2010 and maintained by the Editorial Board initialized at the same time.
In the time from the final version of the ALTO standard in June 2004 (version 1.0) ALTO was maintained by CCS CCS Content Conversion Specialists GmbH, Hamburg up to version 1.4.

Usage examples of "alto".

Asaverus, envergonhado, repetiu a palavra, agora mais alto, para advertir o contra-regra, mas ainda nada.

E atou Isaac em cima do feixe de lenha, pegou do cutelo e levantou-o ao alto.

Substitit Aeneas gemituque haec edidit alto: Nos alias hinc ad lacrimas eadem horrida belli Fata vocant.

And beyond the arch of the Rive Alto, a tumult of activity was beginning on the waterways, gilded bissone belonging to Stregazzan supporters vying for position with ships of the Serenissiman navy.

In the veranda of his Palo Alto home after many long hours on the telephone, Roger Gordian sat with an untouched plate of scrambled eggs and toast on the table in front of him, a steaming cup of coffee near his right hand, and his cordless, within fast reach of his left.

E me encheram de perguntas que respondi monossilabicamente, percebendo os olhos gulosos de Tom para o meu corpo e como brilhavam enquanto me observava de alto a baixo.

Putting the sopranino down, he took the alto recorder from its canvas case and started adjusting the sections in that mysterious way recorder players put their machines together.

De tarde, arrimaba a la puerta una de las sillas y mateaba con seriedad, puestos los ojos en la enredadera del muro de la inmediata casa de altos.

This woman often sang counterpoint with Tobe, her mellow alto voice intertwined with his pure soprano.

Alto when he wuz there wuz relieved to think that the figures wuz all so noble and impressive.

I planned to catch the 6:51 San Francisco-bound commute each morning, and twenty minutes later get off at the California Street station in South Palo Alto.

In the morning I should have time for breakfast at one of the South Palo Alto restaurants.

I offered to ride back with Laurel to her motel in South Palo Alto and then pick up a cab.

Then I helped her on with the cashmere coat, repeating my offer to drive with her to Palo Alto where I could easily scare up a cab to get me back to Colfax Springs.

Shower, shave, a tepid cup of instant coffee to hold me until breakfast in South Palo Alto.