Definition of alto clef in English:

alto clef

noun

  • A clef placing middle C on the middle line of the staff, now used chiefly for viola music.

    • ‘This editor permits single or double stave notation utilizing the treble, bass, tenor and alto clefs.’
    • ‘The wedding cake, with chocolate covered strawberries between the layers, was decorated with treble clefs for Rachel's violin and alto clefs for Nick's viola.’
    • ‘The alto clef encountered when reading the viola part poses a challenge.’
    • ‘It is usually written in bass clef, although tenor trombone players with orchestral experience are often comfortable with tenor and alto clefs as well.’
    • ‘Depending on the type of trombone and what type of ensemble you're in, the music for trombone could be written in either the tenor, bass, or alto clefs.’

Pronunciation

alto clef

/ˈôltō ˌklef/