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

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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 Many canvases share the same costumes or studio props, which lend them a formal and coloristic harmony as a group. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures’ Review: Another Side of the Master," 14 Oct. 2017 Mitchell maintains an intractable sense of movement through every twist and turn, allowing drummer Ches Smith to contribute coloristic bowing or darkly melodic vibraphone. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "On Incidentals, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil add elements to their dense avant-garde jazz—and somehow create more space," 8 Sep. 2017 As the orchestrator of Mr. Miranda’s songs, Mr. Lacamoire did seek to capture the sound of early America with a handful of subtle coloristic touches. William Robin, New York Times, "‘Hamilton’ Is Known For Its Music, but What Did Alexander Hamilton Listen To?," 11 Aug. 2017

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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