Sting (musical phrase)
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A sting is a short musical phrase, primarily used in broadcasting and films as a form of punctuation. For example a sting might be used to introduce a regular section of a show or at the end of a scene, or as a dramatic climax is imminent.
It can be played on a variety of instruments and performed by a group or orchestral ensemble.
A musical sting can be used in drama, comedy, horror or any genre, and in radio and television advertising. It is a part of the music director's lexicon. It is often used to build tension.
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