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soprano

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj soprano having or denoting a high range "soprano voice","soprano sax","the boy still had a fine treble voice","the treble clef"
    • n soprano the pitch range of the highest female voice
    • n soprano the highest female voice; the voice of a boy before puberty
    • n soprano a female singer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Soprano (Mus) The treble; the highest vocal register; the highest kind of female or boy's voice; the upper part in harmony for mixed voices.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n soprano In music, the highest variety of the female voice; treble. It ranges easily from about middle C upward two octaves or more, and is characterized by a comparatively thin and incisive quality, usually combined with marked flexibility. Soprano is also the higher voice of boys, and is sometimes accidentally or artificially preserved among men. It is the most important and effective voice for all kinds of solo singing, and is that to which is assigned the chief melody in modern choral music. A voice whose compass and quality are intermediate between soprano and alto is called mezzo-soprano.
    • n soprano A singer with such a voice.
    • n soprano A voice-part for or sung by such a voice.
    • soprano Pertaining to the soprano: as, soprano music: a soprano voice; the soprano compass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Soprano sō-prä′no the highest variety of voice, treble: a singer with such a voice
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. soprano, superior, highest, fr. sopra, above, L. supra,. See Sovereign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It., from sopra—L. supra or super, above.

Usage

In literature:

Kitty herself had a sweet and high soprano.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
His sepulchral bass notes mingled with her terror-stricken soprano.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Each of the sopranos had an attendant swain in the basses.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
And now and then I caught a high soprano note beyond the powers of a Tetrazzini.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Other things of Maria Angelina than her soprano were missed, also.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
There was no soprano.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
American debut of Christine Nilsson, noted soprano, at a concert in Steinway Hall, New York City.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Moglaut's price was a prim, brunette soprano who wore her eyes disguised behind heavy tortoiseshell.
"Zero Data" by Charles Saphro
But who was this soprano?
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
It floated in from the living room on a clear, sweet soprano.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Her voice was not pure: it had the rich depth and pathos of contralto, and the vibrant clearness of soprano.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
The tenor and soprano gave close particulars of their return along this self-same path.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Both were laughing at once in a high, rather shrill soprano.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
There was sometimes another volunteer soprano to do pages and the like.
"Confessions of an Opera Singer" by Kathleen Howard
In modern music this is nearly always the soprano.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
Tenors, sopranos, and basses are to be met with round every corner; the very air is thick with them.
"Faith and Unfaith" by Duchess
There is the soprano which hollers murder police and they call her a dramatic soprano.
"Worrying Won't Win" by Montague Glass
It is the function of the tenor in any such choir to escort the soprano to her home.
"The Broken Gate" by Emerson Hough
The voice had a crude inflexible sound; it was a high youthful even boyish soprano.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
Presently he began to drum on the sheet with the fingers of his right hand; he was playing the soprano part of a melody.
"Magnhild Dust" by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
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In poetry:

How can I work when you play the piano,
Feminine person above?
How can I think, with your ceaseless soprano
Singing: "Ah, Love--"?
"How?" by Franklin Pierce Adams
I should have read the wisdom hid
In the storm-inspired melody of thy thrush's bosom solemn:
I should not then have understood what thy free spirit did
To make the lark-soprano mount like to a geyser-column!
"The Sparrow" by George MacDonald

In news:

You may have heard Jen from The Morning MIX squeal in horror Thursday morning as our news-purveyor Lynn gave us the story about Cap'n Horatio Magellan Crunch being quietly removed Sopranos-style from the Quaker website.
Obama & Romney's Country-Club Sopranos.
Acclaimed Mezzo -Soprano Kirstin Chavez in Residence at NMSU.
Cancer fight gives mezzo -soprano Zheng Cao a new reason to sing.
Tony Soprano and those other tough guys are muscled out.
'Sopranos' creator Chase premieres 'Not Fade Away'.
The following Lycoming College students have joined the Lycoming College Tour Choir : Juli Morgan, of Turbotville, a senior soprano.
Alysia Williams, of Renovo, a junior soprano.
Briana Wingrove, of Williamsport, a junior soprano.
" Vocal faculty instructor Joan Eckermann (soprano) will join the Choral Society in a performance of the "Easter Scene ...
The choral group is made up of university performers and Fairbanks residents, and also includes a special soprano soloist Celaire is glad to see return to UAF.
Nov 17, 2012 Thomas Adès, conductor Dawn Upshaw, soprano Kirill Gerstein, piano.
The SUNY Fredonia School of Music is delighted to announce an artist residency with renowned soprano, Dawn Upshaw, and pianist, Gilbert Kalish, in April 2013.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opera diva Galina Vishevskaya, who conquered audiences all over the world with her rich soprano, has died.
Perhaps Tony Soprano would have been more successful in therapy had he learned to draw out his feelings a little more, like the folks at Mount Mary College.
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In science:

In music of four parts (e.g., bass, tenor, alto, and soprano), there are certain general rules of voice leading that should be followed.
Music in Terms of Science
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