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tone color

noun, Music.
1.
tone quality; timbre.
Origin of tone color
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85
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  • As I have already said, tone color is for the main part controlled by the bow.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • tone color must guide the school teacher in determining register as it does the professional voice trainer.

    The Child-Voice in Singing Francis E. Howard
  • Then a study of the character and tone color necessary to express the meaning of the words.

  • This study of tone color and tone character develops new power in every way.

  • He had grasped the first principle of tone color—namely tone contrast, and also a poetic idea.

    Piano Mastery

    Harriette Brower
  • We can make as wonderful combinations in tone color as ever painter put upon canvas.

    Piano Mastery

    Harriette Brower
  • How shall two such opposites as rhythm and tone color be connected, even in name, some will ask.

    Piano Mastery

    Harriette Brower
  • There are those who contend that Beethoven's instrumentation was bad and his tone color poor.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • These people wondered why I wanted variety of tone color—who had ever heard of such a demand from a choir?

    Essentials in Conducting Karl Wilson Gehrkens
  • At first the power of the organ astonishes us; the next time we are disappointed—the tone color remains always the same.

    How to Sing Lilli Lehmann

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