Definition of tenor clef in English:

tenor clef


  • A clef placing middle C on the second-highest line of the stave, used chiefly for cello and bassoon music.

    • ‘The earlier parts of the role are notated in the tenor clef whilst the later parts are notated in the bass clef.’
    • ‘These challenging but beautiful duets are presented in tenor clef.’
    • ‘The notes used in the appropriate scale are given first in bass and then in tenor clefs.’
    • ‘It is not long before the tenor clef is needed to avoid the use of ledger lines.’
    • ‘Any trombone student needs to have the knowledge of the alto and tenor clefs to be able to become a complete, well-rounded musician.’