- the arranging of music for instruments, especially for an orchestra.
- the list of instruments for which a composition is scored.
- the use of, or work done by, instruments.
- instrumental agency; instrumentality.
- the science of developing, manufacturing, and utilizing instruments, especially those used in science and industry.
Origin of instrumentation
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Examples from the Web for instrumentation
But each time, we change the instrumentation very drastically.Meet Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s Master Composer
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The band sounds more mature, like a fuzzier T. Rex, and the instrumentation here is awe-inspiring.Best Music Albums of 2011: The Weeknd, Drake, Britney Spears, and More
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"Just your instrumentation," he explained to the appalled red-headed man.The Pirates of Ersatz
The instrumentation is brilliant and the climax overwhelming.
It is not pianistic in instrumentation, and will appeal to violinists.
The instrumentation is ill-balanced, ineffective, thin and noisy.Wagner as I Knew Him
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This is true regarding the personality of every voice and instrumentation recorded.
- the instruments specified in a musical score or arrangement
- the arrangement of a piece of music for an orchestra; orchestration
- the study of the characteristics of musical instruments
- the use of instruments or tools
- means; agency
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Word Origin and History for instrumentation
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