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tone colour

the quality of a musical sound that is conditioned or distinguished by the upper partials or overtones present in it Often shortened to tone See also timbre (sense 2)
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  • For, by omitting this note you do alter the tone colour of the chord as well as its sonority.

    Piano Playing

    Josef Hofmann
  • Certain brief scenes in Verdi's opera are Egyptian in tone colour.

  • The seed from which our modern wealth of harmony and tone colour sprang was the perfect major triad.

    Critical & Historical Essays Edward MacDowell

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