What is tenor?

  • (noun): The adult male singing voice above baritone.
    Synonyms: tenor voice
    See also — Additional definitions below


The tenor is a type of singing voice and is the highest male voice within the modal register. The tenor voice (in choral music) lies between C3, the C one octave below middle C, and (A4), the A above middle C. In solo work, this range extends up to (C5), or "tenor high C." The low extreme for tenors is roughly B♭2 (two B♭s below middle C). At the highest extreme, some tenors can sing up to two Fs above middle C (F5).

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Some articles on tenor:

Tenor - Operetta
... the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas have at least one lead lyric tenor character other notable roles are Candide, (Candide) Eisenstein, (Die Fledermaus) Camille, Count de Rosillon, (The ...
List Of Jazz Saxophonists - T
... Richard Tabnik (born 1952), (alto) Buddy Tate (1913–2001), (tenor) Paul Taylor (born 1960) John Tchicai (born 1936), (alto) Joe Temperley (born 1929), (baritone) Art ...
Tenor Cornett
... The tenor cornett or lizard was a common musical instrument in the Renaissance and Baroque periods ... was normally built in C and the pedal (lowest) note of the majority of tenor cornetts was the C below middle C ... The tenor cornett was used by composers like Giovanni Gabrieli, Heinrich Schütz and Orlando di Lasso as an alto or tenor voice in an ensemble of cornetts and trombones ...
List Of Jazz Saxophonists - W
... Ware (1949–2012), (tenor, saxello, stritch) Earle Warren (1914–1994), (alto) Grover Washington, Jr. 1943–1999), (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone) Sadao Watanabe (born 1933), (alto, soprano) Bobby Watson (born 1953), (alto) Don Weller (born 1941), (tenor ...
List Of Jazz Saxophonists - S
... David Sanborn (born 1945), (alto, soprano) David Sanchez (born 1969), (tenor, soprano) Pharoah Sanders (born 1940), (tenor) Mario Schiano (1933–2008), (soprano, alto) Anton Schwartz (born 1967 ...

More definitions of "tenor":

  • (adj): (of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass.
    Example: "A tenor sax"
  • (noun): Pervading note of an utterance.
    Example: "I could follow the general tenor of his argument"
    Synonyms: strain
  • (adj): Of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice.
    Example: "Tenor voice"
  • (noun): The pitch range of the highest male voice.
  • (noun): An adult male with a tenor voice.

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