basso cantante

[ bas-oh kuh n-tahn-tee, -tey, bah-soh; Italian bahs-saw kahn-tahn-te ]
/ ˈbæs oʊ kənˈtɑn ti, -teɪ, ˈbɑ soʊ; Italian ˈbɑs sɔ kɑnˈtɑn tɛ /

noun, plural bas·si can·tan·ti [bas-ee kuh n-tahn-tee, bah-see; Italian bahs-see kahn-tahn-tee] /ˈbæs i kənˈtɑn ti, ˈbɑ si; Italian ˈbɑs si kɑnˈtɑn ti/. Music.

a bass voice with an upper range that is more developed than that of the basso profundo.

Nearby words

  1. bassinet,
  2. bassini's operation,
  3. bassist,
  4. bassly,
  5. basso,
  6. basso continuo,
  7. basso profundo,
  8. basso rilievo,
  9. basso-relievo,
  10. bassoon

Origin of basso cantante

1875–80; < Italian: literally, singing bass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for basso cantante

  • I am well aware that by many musicians the basso-cantante is identified with the barytone.

    Advice to Singers|Frederick James Crowest
  • The basso-cantante is a low barytone, or high bass with a lighter quality of tone than the basso-profondo.

    Advice to Singers|Frederick James Crowest