(often capital) instrumental timbre or tone colour

Word Origin for klangfarbe

German: tone colour
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Examples from the Web for klangfarbe

Historical Examples of klangfarbe

  • What is the nature of this element of our vocabulary—this Klangfarbe, this Timbre?

    Vocal Expression

    Katherine Jewell Everts

  • For only upon the basis of a full, pure tone is a beautiful timbre (Klangfarbe) possible.