- the sounding of the notes of a chord in rapid succession instead of simultaneously.
- a chord thus sounded.
Origin of arpeggio
Examples from the Web for arpeggio
Historical Examples of arpeggio
I amused myself by playing an arpeggio when Schikaneder came to a pause.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 3 (of 3)
The study ends with the arpeggio passage as at the beginning.Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work
Stephen Samuel Stratton
There can never be too much practice of a scale or arpeggio exercise.Great Singers on the Art of Singing
James Francis Cooke
Scale and arpeggio passages were absolutely clean and without a flaw.Memories of a Musical Life
There must be scale and arpeggio study, in which the metronome can be used.Piano Mastery
- a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
- an ascending and descending figuration used in practising the piano, voice, etc
Word Origin for arpeggio
1742, from Italian arpeggio, from arpeggiare "to play upon the harp," from arpa "harp," which is of Germanic origin (see harp (n.)). Related: Arpeggiated; arpeggiation.