chord
(kord)


[Eng.]


The sounding of two or more notes (usually at least three) simultaneously. Most chords are based on triads or three notes with the interval of a major or minor third between each of the three notes. The two most common chords are the major and minor chords. A major chord is composed of a major third above the tonic note, and a perfect fifth above the tonic, a minor chord is composed of a minor third and a perfect fifth.

See also; sixth chord, seventh chord, ninth chord, eleventh chord, thirteenth chord, broken chord, parallel chord, chord inversion, chord progression, chord symbol.

See also [Eng.] chord; [Fr.] accord (m); [Ger.] Akkord (m); [It.] accordo (m); [Sp.] accorde; [Abbr.] acc.


More about chords - Table of musical translations


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Chopin: Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 16
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, Prelude
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 65
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, II (piano entrance)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 4

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