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common chord

(music) a chord consisting of the keynote, a major or minor third, and a perfect fifth: the notes G, B, and D form the common chord of G major
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  • At that striking of the common chord I saw them heave, promiscuous and unanimous, up the steps to the stage.

  • So he returns in hope and patience to the C major, the common chord of life.

    Browning's Shorter Poems Robert Browning
  • He saw he could not punish the good spinet because he did not know enough to strike a common chord.

  • A humble offering, indeed, but it served for the moment to bring me in touch with the wild and to strike a common chord.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • With that he returns to human life, content to labour in its limits—the common chord is his.

    The Poetry Of Robert Browning Stopford A. Brooke
  • All are at peace, who once so fiercely warred: Brother and brother, now, we chant a common chord.

    Dreams and Days: Poems George Parsons Lathrop
  • Every stronghold is being assailed, from the "divine" rights of property to the common chord of C major.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • Musicians will understand when I say it was like a change from the common chord in the minor to the dominant in the major.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • Immediately a chorus of male soprani blended with this chord, though they sang the common chord of A major.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • Formerly a speaker used a quotation from the Bible or Shakespeare when he wanted to strike a common chord.

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