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Voices for choir singers
Female voices Male voices
Range of a choral soprano
Soprano (S)
Range of a choir tenor
Tenor (T)
Range of a choral mezzo-soprano
Range of a choir baritone
Range of a choir alto
Alt (A)
Range of a choir bass
Bass (B)

The lowest vocal range is referred to as bass (from Latin bassus 'strong' , 'plentiful'; Pl. The bass ) . A singer in this voice range is simply called a bass or basso . Only a few of the basses have a large volume with very low notes and a range that extends downwards, often also a dark color. Such basses are called Dramatic Basso Profondo or, colloquially, black bass .

The name developed with the beginning of polyphony when the voice holding the cantus firmus was called tenor . The second man's voice was as musical opponent of the tenor first name contra tenor , but was initially in approximately the same location and tessitura as the tenor. Later, the tonal range of the compositions was expanded to about two octaves and the voices were layered on top of each other, the opposing voices dodged upwards or downwards and a distinction was made between a high opposing voice contratenor altus and a deep opposing voice contratenor bassus . From these names the names Altus and Bassus developed , which was partly also called Basis .

The pitch range of the bass voice extends roughly from F to f ' . Some games also require E or D , e.g. B. Osmin from Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Baron Ochs from Der Rosenkavalier . A strong F is expected in Haydn's oratorio The Creation in the Aria Nun seems to be expected in full splendor , with the voice supposed to prevail over the orchestra and the contrabassoon . Gustav Mahler noted a vocal range from 'B to f1' for the bass part of the choir in the final movement of his 2nd symphony .

Some basses of the Russian choirs, the so-called octavists (from the octave, in the narrower sense “an octave lower”), sing an octave lower than the other basses and do not change to the upper register. This vocal range is also (quite rarely) used as a soloist, and some composers have written solo pieces for this particular vocal range (including solo part in the Sacred Choral Concerto no. 21 by Dmitri Stepanowitsch Bortnjanski ).

Statistically, 5% of male voices are bass. Profound basses are rare. There was already a lack of good bass in school choirs of the 17th and 18th centuries. Michael Praetorius recommended in 1619 in the Syntagma musicum to compensate for the weakness of the bass with a string bass. Even with the St. Thomas Choir in Bach's time, a string instrument always played the bass when performing a cappella works .

Specialized bass vocal fans
Famous bass roles in operas and oratorios

A number of great bass singers are featured on the list of famous classical music singers .

See also

Notes and individual references

  1. Peter-Michael Fischer : The voice of the singer . P. 129
  2. "That's why I admonished a number of cantores / and were very praised / if they take a lot in front of them / that they want to play on a bass violin / the bass in the choir / (which is then an easy art) / which / because you can't always have good bass players in all schools / adorns and stretches the foundation perfectly. "Michael Praetorius, Syntagma Musicum III p. 145
  3. ^ Arnold Schering : Johann Sebastian Bach's Leipzig Church Music. Studies and ways to find them. VEB Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig 1954, also 1956.