from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The timbre or quality of a compound musical tone, due to the relative number and intensity of the harmonics present in it; acoustic color. See clang, n., 2, harmonic, and quality. Also called clang-color.
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In the first case, the reader must already know the music to appreciate the floundering description of its particular clang-tint; in the second, he or she must grasp elementary music theory.