tenor clef


Definition of tenor clef

: the C clef when placed on the musical staff to indicate that middle C is on the fourth line from the bottom of the staff — see clef illustration

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First Known Use of tenor clef

1714, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenor clef

so called from the fact that such a staff is most convenient for writing notes within the tenor voice range

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“Tenor clef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenor%20clef. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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