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broken chord

n
(Classical Music) music a chord played as an arpeggio
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The score is visually clean, easy to read; idiomatic scalar and broken-chord patterns produce a full, rich keyboard sound.
He even used two pianos -a warmly resonant Fabbrini-rebuilt Steinway, which shimmered most beguilingly in the Trio section of the C major Sonata's scherzo, and a leaner-voiced Bosendorfer that gave crisp definition and clarity to broken-chord accompaniments and especially the layered textures in the slow movements of the Op.2 A major and Op.7 E flat sonatas.
The subsequent "Catastrophe in the Jungle" utilizes three clefs throughout, again reflecting Skalkottas's unique multiplaned musical texture that makes use of trills, tremolos, broken-chord passages, and block chords in a highly virtuosic manner.
The raised fourths in the melody from "A Faded Letter" allow the pianist to experience Chopin-inspired lines, and the left hand has simple broken-chord accompaniments that are manageable for most early-intermediate students.