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tone color

noun, Music.
tone quality; timbre.
Origin of tone color
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Kneisel kept me at during the entire lesson, till I was able to adjust its tone-color and nuances to the accompanying harmony.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • The Hawaiian ear has always a delicate feeling for tone-color.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • And now we must turn to our last point of discussion, tone-color.

    Vocal Expression Katherine Jewell Everts
  • Characterize as to inflection and tone-color Maggie's voice and Tom's.

    Vocal Expression Katherine Jewell Everts
  • He listens with the greatest possible intensity to every shade of tone-color until his ideal tone reveals itself.

  • We shall use this poem to-day as a text for our study in tone-color.

    Vocal Expression Katherine Jewell Everts
  • Under the second head rime is considered simply as a form of tone-color, and as furnishing a part of the melody of verse.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • The trick lies in the tone-color—in the flabbergasting magic of the orchestration.

    Damn! Henry Louis Mencken
  • Dr. Johnson ridiculed the idea of tone-color, as appearing in Pope's teaching that the sound should be "an echo to the sense."

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • It is altogether likely that Beethoven was influenced by Dussek's playing, in the direction of tone-color.

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