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transposing instrument

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noun
  1. a musical instrument played at a pitch different from that indicated in the score.
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Origin of transposing instrument

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for transposing instrument

transposing instrument

noun
  1. a musical instrument, esp a horn or clarinet, pitched in a key other than C major, but whose music is written down as if its basic scale were C major. A piece of music in the key of F intended to be played on a horn pitched in F is therefore written down a fourth lower than an ordinary part in that key and has the same key signature as a part written in C
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