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bass clef

[beys] /beɪs/
noun, Music.
1.
a symbol placed on the fourth line of a staff to indicate that the fourth line of the staff corresponds to the F next below middle C; F clef.
Origin of bass clef
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05
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Historical Examples
  • In the lower the notes are arranged according to the bass clef.

  • Its best tones are from the lower A of the bass clef to the lower F in the treble.

  • Primarily (besides the bass clef), in Italy and Germany, only the tenor clef was used, and the alto clef in France.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
  • Beginning with G in the bass clef she runs up the scale to E in the treble clef, and gives each note its full power and tone.

  • Beginning with G in the bass clef, she runs up the scale to E in the treble clef, and gives each note its full power and tone.

  • Her glorious voice extends from D on the third line of the bass clef to C on the second leger line above the treble clef.

  • Hence care must be taken to write the treble clef on the second, and the bass clef on the fourth line of its stave.

    How to Write Music Clement A. Harris
  • He has heard preachers ascend to top tenor G and A, descending to C (above the bass clef), improbable though it sounds.

  • Others he has observed speaking effectively from B to F (bass clef), with F as the top tone.

  • Between C in the bass clef and G above the treble will represent its serviceable notes.

British Dictionary definitions for bass clef

bass clef

/beɪs/
noun
1.
the clef that establishes F a fifth below middle C on the fourth line of the staff bass_clef Also called F clef
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