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parallel chords

PAIR-ruh-lel kords


A sequence of chords consisting of intervals that do not change as the chord moves. For example, a major chord of CE, and G (with the intervals of a major third between the C and E and a minor third between the E and G) would be parallel to a following chord of {% fA, and C (again a major chord with the intervals of a major third between the F and A and a minor third between the A and C), which, in turn, would be parallel to another major chord consisting of GB, D, etc. This is also referred to as parallel motion.


Part Song, American: William Billings: Swift as an Indian arrow flies

Claude Debussy: Préudes, Book I, "La cathédrale engloutie"

See Also

[English] parallel motion


Last Updated: 2013-02-14 19:23:19