Definition of broken chord in English:

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broken chord

noun

[usually as modifier] Music
A chord in which the notes are played successively: the second entry is a straight broken-chord figure
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  • Some hymns have a walking bass line, and almost all have arpeggio and broken-chord patterns.
  • 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.
  • There is no trace in their solo sections of the violinistic broken-chord figuration found in the overture.

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