col·​or·​is·​tic | \ ˌkə-lə-ˈri-stik How to pronounce coloristic (audio) \

Definition of coloristic

1 : of or relating to color or coloring
2 : of or relating to timbre in music

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coloristically \ ˌkə-​lə-​ˈri-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce coloristically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of coloristic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trojahn’s orchestral writing is similarly fluent: the pacing is confident, the coloristic contrasts intelligent, and there are some beguiling textures; a diaphanous web of harp and stratospheric string harmonics early in the opera was breathtaking. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, "Opera at the Edge," 7 Dec. 2019 While the soprano occasionally sounds strained in higher passages, or overly vibrato-laden—lacking the overall vocal ease of, say, Anja Harteros, who recorded the work with Jansons and the BRSO in 2010—she more often exhibits coloristic beauty. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Three Classical Recordings Shadowed by Death," 27 Jan. 2020 But winds made magic of their melodic and coloristic episodes. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Fort Worth Symphony in a powerful Sibelius Second Symphony," 11 Jan. 2020 Landscapes, environments and models were his conduits for intense coloristic explorations imbued with strong emotional undertones. Sidney Lawrence, WSJ, "A Muse Embedded in Mystery," 22 June 2018 This wasn’t the occasion to listen for its full capabilities, but rather for shrewd coloristic choices. Peter Dobrin,, "Wanamaker organist Conte brings thrilling color to mostly drab Philadelphia Orchestra program," 6 May 2018 Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2, full of folk influences passed through a modernistic prism, allowed the group to show off the impressive breadth of its coloristic imagination. Jeremy Eichler,, "A chamber series grows in Dorchester," 9 Apr. 2018 Seven Joys beautifully exploits coloristic alignments between the brass and voices. Peter Dobrin,, "Caroline Shaw's 'Seven Joys' premiered by Symphony in C and Mendelssohn Club," 18 Mar. 2018 His flexible shaping of phrase and pulse bespoke a natural rubato that arose from within Debussy’s music rather than being imposed on it, nor was textural clarity won at the expense of coloristic detail or surging amplitude of sound. John Von Rhein,, "Kavakos offers impeccable Shostakovich with CSO, but gutsy passion in short supply," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of coloristic

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coloristic

color entry 1 + -istic

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The first known use of coloristic was in 1883

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“Coloristic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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