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1. Of or relating to the strings of an instrument.
2. Relating to or consisting of a harmonic chord.
3. Giving prominence to harmonic rather than contrapuntal structure: chordal music.


(ˈkɔr dl)

1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a chord.
2. of or pertaining to music that is marked principally by vertical harmonic movement rather than by linear polyphony.
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Adj.1.chordal - relating to or consisting of or emphasizing chords; "chordal assonance in modern music"; "chordal rather than contrapuntal music"


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Regarding "transferral" of material, the nearest that can be seen is the rhythmic transferral of some triplet subdivisions across existing textures: a few right-hand piano lines in the Pantoum are thus rhythmically arpeggiated where the manuscript had presented them chordally (notably between figures 2 and 3), while a small handful of string triplet groups are simplified to quarter-notes.
And some of the pieces he chooses have little to offer a jazz pianist - JamesBrown's Sex Machine, for example, where's he's left simply stating the vocal melody chordally on piano.
It seems that after the exposition of a work, however, all remaining sections--homophonic and polyphonic--may be accompanied chordally.
Though tonal, it is not guided by functional harmony, and the themes, though not excessively chromatic, avoid an implied pitch centre, even when chordally accompanied.