sonority :

Search Words
You can search or browse for words


  • n  having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant

  • A wonderful example of what the Italians call a basso cantante ("singing bass"), he combines baritone agility with bass sonority and boom.
  • In Manhattan last week alert listeners at a Philadelphia Orchestra concert noticed that in the Bach Toccata and Fuge the basses had a new, if perhaps unneeded, sonority and .
  • He has voluminous sonority, a trenchant attack and a hot, mordant intonation.
News & Articles

  • Charles Rosen's Lost Masterpiece
    Jim Holt Frédéric Chopin was “the greatest master of counterpoint since Mozart”—so claimed the late pianist and author Charles Rosen in a 1987 review in these pages. At the time I read this, it came as a double surprise to me. I had never thought of Chopin’s music as having a lot of contrapuntal interest. I had always imagined it to stress sonority over structure, to be more emotional—even ...
    July 27, 2013 - New York Review of Books

  • Franz Liszt in Times Online
    Franz Liszt wrote that Chopin "particularly cherished" Pleyel pianos "for their silvery and slightly veiled sonority and their lightness of touch".
  • Midori Goto in Newark Star Ledger
    Midori writes that the Hindemith Sonata "offers a rather different sonority from both the Beethoven and the Rautavaara, and its romanticism can be linked somewhat to Strauss."

Bee Dictionary: Search, browse, look at common errors, idioms and more.