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The Oxford Companion to Music
Arnold WhittallArnold Whittall

The range of dictionary definitions of this most familiar of musical terms points to its essential, abiding ambiguity. Such definitions tend to proceed from textural to aesthetic interpretation: ‘combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions’: ‘pleasing effect of apt arrangement of parts; agreement; concord’ (... ...

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