corno alto

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corno alto and corno basso (It.). High horn and low horn.
1. Old names for hn. players who specialized in the high and low registers respectively. (In early 19th-cent. Fr. there was a middle category, cor mixte.)

2. In modern scores the terms are used to distinguish, e.g. the horn in B♭ which transposes down one tone, and that which transposes down a 9th.

corno alto

views updated May 11 2018

corno basso. See corno alto.