Definition of Head voice

1. Noun. The higher ranges of the voice in speaking or singing; the vibrations of sung notes are felt in the head.

Exact synonyms: Head Register, Head Tone
Generic synonyms: Register
Specialized synonyms: Falsetto

Definition of Head voice

1. Noun. (phonology) a kind of voice of high pitch and of a thin quality ascribed to resonance in the head; voice of the thin register; falsetto. In producing it, the vibration of the cords is limited to their thin edges in the upper part, which are then presented to each other. ¹

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Literary usage of Head voice

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1. The Art of Singing: Based on the Principles of the Old Italian Singing by William Shakespeare (1910)
"... THE PRACTICE OF head voice. How necessary it is to develope the head register has been insisted on in a past chapter. Its exquisite fluty and bird-like ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"head voice. DA Clippinger. Musician, n- N.-D. '0!*. (to be cont.) George Meredith. Outlook. 92: 413-8. Je. 19, 123-4. Mr. '09. Incidents In tue career of ..."

3. How to Sing: Meine Gesangskunst by Lilli Lehmann (1914)
"So to utilize the head voice (resonance of the head cavities) that every tone shall be able to "carry" and shall remain high enough to reach higher tones ..."

4. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1894)
"In the head voice the cartilaginous glottis seems always to be completely closed, whereas in the chest voice it is found in some cases to be closed, ..."

5. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1910)
"The term 'Head-voice" in the male is very frequently applied to a mixed voice ... Then in the male head-voice, or falsetto, the thin edges only of the vocal ..."

6. A Text-book of Human Physiology by Austin Flint (1888)
"It resembles the head-voice, but every good singer can recognize the fact that he employs a different mechanism in its production. ..."

7. Chambers's encyclopædia by Chambers W. and R., ltd (1874)
"The chest notes, or lower register, proceed naturally and readily from the ordinary mechanism of the voice ; the up[>er register, head voice, ..."

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