chordal chordal


  • (adj) relating to or consisting of or emphasizing chords


  1. He also wrote a little work for piano called Vexationsan 80-second chordal theme of only 180 notes in 52 beats.
  2. Instead, it sustained for page after page a single chordal theme, varied only with starkly primitive rhythm in the orchestra and percussion-punctuated declamation by the singers.
  3. A frustrated orchestral composer, he favored great chordal eruptions of thick, textured sound.



  1. "It's not chordal-based," Threadgill says. "It's contrapuntal music - everyone is playing these different little melodies and phrases, you know. Harmony happens, but the harmony is incidental to the counterpoint chatter."
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Henry Threadgill Source: NPR

  2. Workman says Allen's "tasteful and intellectual approach" made her the most logical choice for a "musical conversation with a chordal instrumentalist who also has a unique approach to improvisation and composition. Being deeply rooted in a...
    on Aug 26, 2009 By: Reggie Workman Source: All About Jazz

  3. "That trio situation without a chordal instrument allows me to stretch out a little more," Konitz said from his apartment in New York City. "Performing with just bass and drums is a special situation. I let myself play a"
    on Aug 2, 2007 By: Lee Konitz Source: San Jose Mercury News

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