Definition and background:
Term used to describe the highest pitched vocal range, usually produced by a female voice, but occasionally produced men's and boys' voices of the soprano range. The range of the soprano is from about C above the treble clef to middle C. See Coloratura; Lyric Soprano; Lirico Spinto; Dramatic Soprano. the highest of the standard four voice ranges (bass, tenor, alto, soprano)the highest female voice-extending at lease two octaves from the b below middle c. A boy's voice in that range is referred to as treble. An adult male soprano is falsetto or castrato. Also refers to musical instruments, such as the recorder and saxophone, pitched in the soprano range. Abbreviated as S.
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