transposing instrument


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transposing instrument

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(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
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Then locate the note name of the transposing instrument (B-flat, E-flat, F and so forth) in its first position below middle "C" (or above middle "C" in the rare instance of a soprano instrument).
* If there is no concert-pitched instrument in the score, add the key signature of the transposing instrument to that of the instrumental part to ascertain the key signature.
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."
However, the term is often taken in the same narrow sense as the word transposing in "transposing instruments," that is, changing pitch by a fixed interval that cannot be an octave or multiple of an octave.
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.
Linke's identification of other hands in the manuscripts also brings to light Strauss's reliance on arrangers to add horn and wind parts--difficult transposing instruments with mechanical properties that only real experts could handle well.