Definition of transposing instrument in US English:

transposing instrument


  • An orchestral instrument whose notated pitch is different from its sounded pitch, e.g., the clarinet and many brass instruments.

    • ‘The lower oboes are treated as transposing instruments, their parts written to be fingered like treble oboe parts.’
    • ‘I give students many different opportunities to read single-line transposing instruments before presenting them with full band or orchestral scores.’
    • ‘The next step is the OD, the first attempt at an orchestrated full score, with the correct notation for transposing instruments.’
    • ‘Most transposing instruments sound lower than the notated pitch.’