transposing instrument


Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

transposing instrument

n
(Instruments) 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
References in periodicals archive ?
Another way to say the same rule is that when reading a notated "C," a transposing instrument sounds its name.
He's very conversant with the ranges and relative agilities of the orchestral family, and he's a fine orchestrator, so it's more just checking the more obscure details - like transposing instruments, lineups and that everything is physically comfortable for the players.
Later, Schoenberg suggests that players of transposing instruments be taught to conceptualize sound at concert pitch.
The only caveat about Schott's very handsome edition is that while transposing instruments are notated at concert pitch, I have seen no indication to this effect anywhere in the score.