One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually as modifier A chord in which the notes are played successively.‘the second entry is a straight broken-chord figure’
- ‘Accompaniment is provided in a variety of patterns; broken chord patterns often reach over an octave.’
- ‘Some hymns have a walking bass line, and almost all have arpeggio and broken-chord patterns.’
- ‘The left-hand plays broken chords most of the time or has a walking bass pattern, while the right-hand carries the melody.’
- ‘There is no trace in their solo sections of the violinistic broken-chord figuration found in the overture.’
- ‘Consequently, within almost all of the sonatas there is a wide spectrum of approaches to the keyboard, from strict imitation to the standard classical melody with broken-chord accompaniment.’
broken chord/ˈbrōkən kô(ə)rd/
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