One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The notes of a chord played in rapid succession, either ascending or descending.
- ‘In a beautiful and affecting way, Shostakovich evokes the sounds of the Moonlight Sonata, the triplet arpeggios and the dotted rhythm of the main theme, without really quoting it.’
- ‘As the first song played, I pressed different buttons on the joystick and keyboard and heard notes, chords, cadenzas, arpeggios, and even special effects typical of the piano.’
- ‘The virtuoso tour de force begins with a flourish, the piano arpeggios answered by bold chords in the woodwind trio.’
- ‘As a result, pianists are required to negotiate unusual combinations of note groupings and clusters that go beyond the fingerings used in traditional scales, arpeggios and chords.’
- ‘Octaves, large chords and arpeggios are all formations that seemingly call for large hand stretches.’
Italian, from arpeggiare ‘play the harp’, from arpa ‘harp’.
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