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sonority

[suh-nawr-i-tee, -nor-] /səˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr-/
noun, plural sonorities.
1.
the condition or quality of being resonant or sonorous.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; < Medieval Latin sonōritās < Late Latin: melodiousness, equivalent to Latin sonōr(us) (see sonorous) + -itās -ity
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  • Then you find the great violins also have a significant low-frequency component that defines the sonority and adds darkness.
  • The right-hand octaves in the higher register provide metallic brilliance, and the lower left-hand octaves a thunderous sonority.
  • Its sonority, contrasted with the cornet's may be considered as more brightly projected.

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