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timbre

 [tam´ber] (Fr.)
the musical quality of a tone or sound.

tim·bre

(tim'bĕr, tam'bĕr),
The distinguishing quality of a sound, by which one may determine its source, for example, type of musical instrument, voice of a person based principally on the distribution of overtones.
Synonym(s): tone color
[Fr.]

timbre

/tim·bre/ (tam´ber) [Fr.] musical quality of a tone or sound.

timbre

[tim′bər]
Etymology: Fr
1 a characteristic sound quality of a voice or musical instrument, as determined by the harmonics of the sound.
2 a second metallic sound heard in aortic dilation.

tim·bre

(tam'bĕr, tămb[h])
The distinguishing quality of a sound, by which one may determine its source.
[Fr.]
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Chapter 1 offers abundant detail about the different manners of expression suited to four styles of singing (church, chamber, concert, theater), according to which singers varied their delivery in terms of rhythm, accent, tone quality, and ornamentation.
Likewise in music, although this volume is restricted largely to the intensive treatment of one of the so-called ornaments in music, the vibrato, the acquisition and interpretation of this material makes large contribution to many other elements in musical expression, such as the fundamental issues in regard to intonation, rhythm, and tone quality, as well as the ornaments in each of these.
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Sub-elements and common terms and instructional terminology may include: tone, tone colour, tone quality, intonation, blend, orchestration, orchestral spacing, tessitura, instrument sections and families, sonority, sound property, homogeneous/heterogeneous groupings, tone colour manipulation, acoustic/non-acoustic, style (articulation variations), inflection, decay, vibrato, bright/dark, special effects (multi-phonic, flutter tonguing, colouristic effects, collage, gliss/portamento, unconventional articulation, unconventional use of instruments).