Music Term: Transposing instruments
Definition and background:
Those instruments which are notated in one key on paper, yet sound another key when they are performed.See also non-transposing instruments. instruments whose music is written in a key other than that in which they actually sound. e.g. A standard trumpet is in b-flat, but music that sounds in b-flat appears in the key of c
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