Definition of instrumentation in English:



  • 1The particular instruments used in a piece of music; the manner in which a piece is arranged for instruments.

    ‘Telemann's specified instrumentation of flute, violin, and continuo’
    • ‘The quartet instrumentation runs to the unusual: flute, cello, harp, and tam-tam (a large gong).’
    • ‘Once considered the poster child for the renaissance in acoustic jazz, Redman has definitely moved on, incorporating funky rhythms, electric instrumentation and more jazz improvisation into his music.’
    • ‘And yet it feels utterly incorrect to dissect separate pieces, which, in effect removes specific instrumentation from its context.’
    • ‘Now, MacIntyre's voice is pushed to the fore and backed by standard rock instrumentation, plus keyboards, samples, tubas, flutes and a bunch of other sounds that elevate the basics, rather than muddying the mix.’
    • ‘Musically, this is more funky marching angry fighting music, using similar instrumentation, and cheesy 70's beats.’
    • ‘She said ‘It's full of the usual comedy, tragedy and original music including instrumentation with a difference.’’
    • ‘The instrumentation (played by musicians from Portishead and Pulp) includes a fairground organ and a zither; Dury's whispered vocal is reminiscent of a small boy asking for a cup of sugar across the garden fence.’
    • ‘The instrumentation of the piano is a special matter.’
    • ‘The instrumentation is acoustic guitar plus woodwinds and strings - meandering arrangements, oblique lyrics, and his vocal style is pretty full on, so right up my alley.’
    • ‘In Corelli's concerti grossi the trio-sonata instrumentation of two violins and continuo was used for the concertino sections, contrasting with the full string ensemble.’
    • ‘The Chamber Ensemble performs a variety of music using a small instrumentation in concert settings for both military and civilian audiences,’
    • ‘We don't commission new works in the sense that ACM would ask for a work for specific instrumentation and then own the rights to exclusively perform that work.’
    • ‘Ensemble instrumentation can be any combination of brass, guitar, piano, string and wind instruments.’
    • ‘Cadenza's music and instrumentation of mandolin, Irish harp and guitar is based on an Irish Traditional sound, however the addition of cello and violin give it a classical flavour.’
    • ‘The Blues Vein are great exponents of the Chicago blues style - the five piece band using the classic Chicago instrumentation of guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and harmonica.’
    • ‘I chose the music and instrumentation for a secular wedding service.’
    • ‘Rising and falling intensity displays a wide range of instrumentation from soft woodwind to loud drumming against the brass and a shrill flute or piccolo, as well as horn calls.’
    • ‘In the last few years I have returned to the notion of abstraction as an inspiration in itself, letting a particular instrumentation or musical gesture generate a whole piece.’
    • ‘Ariel dabble in foreign instrumentation including tabla, sitar and djembe.’
    • ‘Although largely focusing on electronics, the band also incorporate real instrumentation in their music and appear very well set up to function perfectly within a live environment.’
    1. 1.1 The arrangement or composition of a piece of music for particular musical instruments.
      ‘an experiment in instrumentation’
      • ‘The later orchestration of the pieces would have provided no examples for the book on instrumentation he planned consisting entirely of musical extracts from his own works where he felt he had got things wrong.’
      • ‘It's treacherous territory, to be sure, but Half Cousin pull it off convincingly, faltering only in the rare moments that they sacrifice melody to spotlight quirky instrumentation.’
      • ‘Indeed, the group's college-age members rarely fail to build on their obvious indie influences with swooning California melodies and quirky instrumentation.’
      • ‘‘Goya's Nightmare’ is a disturbing stew of vocals, strings, and exotic instrumentation.’
      • ‘At his wish the Quintet had to preserve the structure and instrumentation of the Hummel Quintet, recte Septuor, which at that time was still new.’
      • ‘The orchestra sounds fired-up, Verdi's instrumentation is revealed in all its glory and the performance speaks with a common tongue.’
      • ‘Acerbic performance practices and pinched, puny instrumentation made these works seem severe.’
      • ‘Wainwright experiments with song structure and instrumentation, dabbling in swaying pop songs, waltzes and layers of horns and strings, giving the album an old world feel that moves from the whimsical to the melodramatic.’
      • ‘The notes say nothing about the orchestration, which to my ears sounds like Shostakovich's 1940 instrumentation rather than Mussorgsky's rougher original.’
      • ‘The instrumentation is simple, often one-line.’
      • ‘For 20 years the trio has personified atypical instrumentation and superb musicianship, while maintaining a spirituality that is felt throughout.’
      • ‘The instrumentation throughout is traditional but robust.’
      • ‘It's an instrumental album featuring classical instrumentation, it features gorgeous packaging, and most of the song titles are either in French or chock full of commas.’
      • ‘That's part of the charm of the record, this very primitiveness of instrumentation and melody - as though we are looking in on something that isn't quite ready to be shown to the public yet, or was never even intended for it.’
      • ‘Beyond Linnell's lickably good melodies and quirky instrumentation, something is often lacking; many of the tracks seem to have a strange lack of connection with actual human experience.’
      • ‘And yet, this is also a noise-pop band: Beneath the layers of instrumentation, the music is propped up on barbed wire, unsteady and ready to topple.’
      • ‘Thirdly, his musical instrumentation does not sound stereotypically ‘Christian.’’
      • ‘It's one of those things that, if you're listening to it as background noise or something, it sounds almost happy - the melody and instrumentation just gives it that feel.’
      • ‘The sounds of Stravinsky's instrumentation are not far away.’
      • ‘As both musician and composer, Mitchell is always the scientist, tirelessly experimenting with musical forms, textures and instrumentation.’
      adaptation, setting, scoring, orchestration, reduction, harmonization
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  • 2Measuring instruments regarded collectively.

    ‘the controls and instrumentation of an aircraft’
    • ‘This will upgrade and modernize the regional seismic networks that locate earthquakes and determine magnitudes, replacing aging sensors with modern instrumentation.’
    • ‘Seats, controls and instrumentation are all new and there's a new steering wheel with remote controls for the radio.’
    • ‘The carrier was fitted with instrumentation which measured flight deck movement.’
    • ‘Not only is there a wide range of bioagents to identify, but the demands of field use place constraints on the complexity and size of the sensor devices and attendant instrumentation.’
    • ‘It has a new dashboard, which provides better ergonomics, with improved layout of instrumentation and minor controls and also has more storage space.’
    • ‘All instrumentation and ancillary controls worked, including the left sided direction indicators, this being a European car.’
    • ‘Meant to enforce a no-fly zone or just to maintain air superiority over an airspace, the weapon is targeted on an aircraft to disrupt its instrumentation.’
    • ‘Newport makes photonics instrumentation, motion control, and automation equipment.’
    • ‘Plus, we provide the control and safety systems and instrumentation used to measure the oil flow.’
    • ‘He is an expert in spacecraft instrumentation, and environmental sensors, and has published more than 150 papers.’
    • ‘This article describes a systematic approach to controlling equipment and instrumentation expenses.’
    • ‘As you can imagine, there are a lot of sensors, instrumentation and so forth involved.’
    • ‘But we do not have any instrumentation that can measure it.’
    • ‘Airline passengers are currently instructed to switch off their mobile phones before a plane takes off, as the signals could interfere with aircraft instrumentation.’
    • ‘Work will involve replacing the aircraft's analog instrumentation with six digital displays and the flight management system Boeing developed for its newest version of the 737 airliner.’
    • ‘Sensors, instrumentation, and mediated monitoring systems of all kinds are the next aesthetic frontier.’
    • ‘There is also a cost saving - the trials would otherwise have required many hours of flying time with the aircraft laden with instrumentation.’
    • ‘It carries extensive instrumentation to measure the twisting and bending of the wing during flight.’
    • ‘The controls and instrumentation are just too quirky.’
    • ‘A typical automated test and control system uses a computer to control positioning equipment and instrumentation.’
    1. 2.1 The design, provision, or use of measuring instruments.
      • ‘A professor of instrumentation and measurement is leading a team making a new laser based reader device to allow the wax cylinder to be heard.’
      • ‘The six-week program covers the fundamentals of nuclear theory, radiochemistry, nuclear instrumentation, radiological safety, and applications to related fields.’
      • ‘We're pretty good in electronics and instrumentation, but not in biology,’ he said.’