Perfect chord

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Perfect chord (Mus) a concord or union of sounds which is perfectly coalescent and agreeable to the ear, as the unison, octave, fifth, and fourth; a perfect consonance; a common chord in its original position of keynote, third, fifth, and octave.
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Usage

In literature:

If one appropriate thing happens, it wakes us up like the pang of a perfect chord.
"The Wisdom of Father Brown" by G. K. Chesterton
The octave makes a perfect chord, when shorter intervals jar more or less on the ear.
"A Mortal Antipathy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The reuenion of these three tones which makes them into one, forms the perfect chord.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
Sound, smell, and hue make up one chord, the sense of which is pure and perfect peace.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
There are no perfect chords, dissonant chords or false chords.
"Musical Memories" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Upon sounding the chord, you will find it more pleasing than before; but you cannot leave your thirds perfect.
"Piano Tuning" by J. Cree Fischer
The tune "Hursley" is a choice example of polyphonal sweetness in uniform long notes of perfect chord.
"The Story of the Hymns and Tunes" by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
Sound, smell, and hue make up one chord, the sense of which is pure and perfect peace.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
It sounded perfectly natural, and my vocal chords were not over-stimulated or abnormal.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
It occurs almost invariably immediately before the tonic chord which closes the perfect cadence.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
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In poetry:

If one should fail from out the band,
He sinks unknown and dies unwept;
And she—she only waves her wand,
And still the perfect chord is kept.
"Broken Melodies" by Alexander Anderson
"These are the three great chords of might,
And he whose ear is tuned aright
Will hear no discord in the three,
But the most perfect harmony."
"By The Fireside : The Singers" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And so each song is incomplete,
And not a rhyme can ever round
Into the chords of perfect sound
The tones of thought that e'er surround
The ways walked by the poet's feet.
"What Ails The World?" by Abram Joseph Ryan
All sweet and various things do lend themselves
And blend and intermix in her rare soul,
As chorded notes, which were untuneful else,
Clasp each the other in a perfect whole.
"A Portrait" by Susan Coolidge
Can it be, can it be, the world is so varied,
Human hearts never beat on chords that are even!
Is versatile man so odd, or so seared
That perfect accord is known but in Heaven!
"Kindred Spirits" by Jared Barhite
At times on his pathetic face
A look of perfect rapture shone,
Intent on some celestial chords,
Discerned by him alone;
And sometimes he would smile and pause,
As if receiving loud applause.
"Proem" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Paul Tagliabue struck perfect chord in bounty case while providing HGH hint.
'Pitch Perfect' strikes the right chord .
Paul Tagliabue struck perfect chord in bounty case while providing HGH hint .
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In science:

Diatonic scales such as the ma jor and minor scales lend themselves particularly well to the construction of common chords because they contain a large number of perfect fifths.
Music in Terms of Science
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