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#beginquote# I'll let you look at wikipedia.org for the full definitions to all of these terms, but the names of different vocal ranges are as follows: Soprano (highest female voice) Mezzo-Soprano (middle female voice) Contralto (lowest female voice) Sopranist (highest male voice not using falsetto; similar to "castrato"; soprano range but sung by a male) Countertenor(highest male voice using falsetto) Alto (similar to Countertenor) Tenor (typical highest male voice; little lower than Countertenor) Baritenor (little lower that Tenor) Baritone (little lower than Baritenor) Bass-Baritone (little lower than Baritone) Bass (lowest male voice) You probably won't see most of these designations in most of the music you see. Typical 4-part arrangements are written for (highest to lowest) Soprano, Alto (more correctly Contralto), Tenor, and Bass. The major differences in all the other terms are not so much range as they are quality and tone of the voice. For example, a Baritone's vocal quality would sound more "bass-y" in the lower register than a Baritenor's would. #endquote#
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