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- noun music A tone ten fifths above C in the
cycle of fifths, intermediate between A and B, denoted A♯.
- noun music The key of
A sharp major
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After it has been heard four times, -- in the keys of C-sharp, G-sharp, D-sharp minor, and A-sharp minor, -- it is relieved by a modulatory interlude, constructed out of new material (measures 33 to 46).
The vocal writing in this scene calls for sustained power in the highest register of the tenor voice, climaxing in a number of high A-naturals and a traditionally added A-sharp.
Here was a true Puccini tenor, with warm, throbbing supple phrasing and some triumphant top notes, including a defiant high A-sharp when he sang "Vittoria" at the news of Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Marengo. "