American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The sounding of the tones of a chord in rapid succession rather than simultaneously.
- n. A chord played or sung in this manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sounding of the notes of an instrumental chord in rapid succession, either upward or (rarely) downward, as in harp-playing, instead of simultaneously.
- n. A chord thus sounded; a broken chord. Sometimes written harpeggio.
- n. music The notes of a chord played individually instead of simultaneously, usually moving from lowest to highest.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) The production of the tones of a chord in rapid succession, as in playing the harp, and not simultaneously; a strain thus played.
- n. a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
- From the Italian arpeggiare ("to play a harp"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from arpeggiare, to play the harp, from arpa, harp, of Germanic origin; see harp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Cut one over the other, so that each animal's arpeggio is mapped to appropriate newscasters and personalities (I want the duck's music mapped the Bush, I do!) and release it online.”
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“He came up with a very beautiful, odd, staccato kind of arpeggio thing, melting into a wistful resolve.”
“After a few opening bars in "arpeggio" a vibrant voice resounded, the tones of which appeared to stir the Provencal to the depths of his being.”
“And how do you distinguish that from the typical arpeggio which is written out in, say, eighth notes (or as Bach did with the Well-Tempered Clavier Prelude #1, sixteenth notes)?”
“In a case of very interesting casting, Amanda Palmer's headphone odyssey is a in three-movement, work comprised of her signature, alternately dark and twee music box lullaby; a banjo arpeggio; a lone bass line.”
“I longed to master Bach like my mother, play the rise and fall of an arpeggio with the same precision, order, and grace.”
“The tempo never changes, the dynamic range is limited and the musical material scanty: rocking chords that never quite repeat exactly, long held single notes and an upward arpeggio that acts like a point of reference throughout.”
“But its point is its guitar sound or sounds - a primer coat of scratchy distortion topped by some free-form arpeggio, with drumstick ticks and bassy thumps added for texture rather than beat.”
“The joy he gets from making music is never clearer than on my favorite track, “Heat & Depression,” an arpeggio-heavy ode to sticky hot summer nights.”
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