Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A musical instrument, such as a recorder, that is higher in pitch than the soprano of its family.

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  • n. a musical instrument, especially a saxophone or recorder, that is a pitch higher than the soprano instrument of its class

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  • adj. higher in range than soprano

Etymologies

Italian, diminutive of soprano, soprano; see soprano.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A Korean War veteran who emerged from the 1960s Chicago scene boosted by the activist collective Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mr. Braxton made important albums focused on saxophone improvisation and sonic experiments with every reed instrument available, from sopranino to the contrabass saxophone.

    A Jazztronaut, Exploring the Spaces in Music

  • Rinaldo is a youthful work, full of cheerful trumpet and drum outbursts, and many special battle effects, as well as some exquisite trilling sopranino recorder work imitating birdsong.

    Cendrillon; Rinaldo – review

  • Allison Hampton soloed on the Celtic harp and Joseph Cunliffe played everything from a tiny sopranino recorder and high-pitched whistles to a resonant bass sax.

    In performance: Celtic Christmas

  • There are six sarrusophones, from the sopranino in

    Scientific American Supplement No. 819, September 12, 1891

  • The BEMF Chamber Ensemble, too, played superbly, with some spectacular tootling on the sopranino recorder by Kathryn Montoya over Williams's uproarious "O ruddier than the cherry."

    The Seattle Times

  • Typically known for his tenor playing, the saxophonist started the set with his public debut on the small sopranino saxophone, which looks like a shorter version of the soprano saxophone.

    Spinner

  • * George Marge - sopranino recorder on "Rosalinda's Eyes"

    AvaxHome

  • Saxophones 2 includes a variety of more exotic saxophones, extending the range to the sopranino and bass, and includes rare gems such as the C Melody:

    MacMusic - News

  • Braxton plays alto, sopranino, bass, and concert bass saxophones, one at a time -- though he often employs more than a single horn in a selection.

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  • Check his wild bass clusters on "Second Meeting," his snake charming sopranino on

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