- the quality of a musical sound that is conditioned or distinguished by the upper partials or overtones present in itOften shortened to: tone See also timbre (def. 2)
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Examples from the Web for tone colour
In gesture and in musical speech, in tone-colour, she was faithful to the first wonderful impression of the eye.
This tone-colour she achieves stroke by stroke, devoting many days to the study of important phrases.
The movement is long, thoughtful, and no less apt in invention than rich and glowing in tone-colour.Musical Criticisms
The suggestion, at the beginning, of the rising sun, is a mighty example of the overwhelming power of tone-colour.Edward MacDowell