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broken chord

n
(Classical Music) music a chord played as an arpeggio
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As he listened, he lost his place, the music ended with a broken chord, and the musician sat silent in the dark.
Performers lined up on April 6 are December Avenue, Nairud, Harmoniax, Broken Chords of May, OrientRocks, Muzza Band and Mark and Sid.
The book covers reading treble clef, note values, sharps, flats, scales, the blues scale, blocked chords, broken chords, major, minor and seventh chords all in 13 short lessons.
For some unknown reason many piano reductions are full of rolled and broken chords. In general, orchestras cannot "roll" or break chords; this is a pianistic device, not an orchestral one, so we lose the orchestral illusion when we break or roll chords (unless of course it is a harp arpeggio, in which case roll away).
The basso part, up to now a simple repetition of its opening eighteen measures, is set in a staccato eighth-note plus eighth-rest pattern while the cello plays continuous offbeats, outlining arpeggios and broken chords. Variation 6, all in double stops, requires the cellist to negotiate thirds and sixths in the upper register of the instrument.
From moving yearnings, held pedal blurrings, growling broken chords to discussions between spiky treble and bass repeats, gentle chords eventually died away to infinity leaving a bemused, intrigued audience.
The first thing you notice about the mid-tempo instrumental "Gem", for example, is the enchanting tune created by cycling through broken chords.
The broken chords of the trio section of the scherzo, which normally set off the ethereal melodies of the strings, were dished out as if elegant comments.
Their choruses sound then like broken chords of wind strumming
were for the mothers, listening to flute scales stop and start; and for the fathers, whistling their tired ways home in the dark; for younger brothers, sent with the jingling cows to market; or for eldest daughters, hymned up the aisles till death did them part; for orphans, led by a piper out of a pretty park; and for paupers, scraping their fiddles for small change in a hat; for old ones, tapping their sticks on the twisting path; for soldiers, stamping their boots on a victory march; and for the lovers, the broken chords of their hearts..
It is a taut, well-written piece, commencing with languorous, ominous work by the strings and horns, building to a presto, with nervous strings playing broken chords, and fine contributions from the flutes, trumpets and horns.
Only that One has a score large enough to hold all songs of praise and lament, hope and despair, triumph and failure, and the power to resolve the broken chords and unfinished symphonies of life together.