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transposing instrument Line breaks: trans|pos¦ing in¦stru|ment

Definition of transposing instrument in English:


An orchestral instrument for which parts are written in a different key from that in which they sound, e.g. the clarinet and many brass instruments.
Example sentences
  • Most transposing instruments sound lower than the notated pitch.
  • The lower oboes are treated as transposing instruments, their parts written to be fingered like treble oboe parts.
  • I give students many different opportunities to read single-line transposing instruments before presenting them with full band or orchestral scores.
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