The <chord> element

Parent element: <note>

The <chord> element indicates that this note is an additional chord tone with the preceding note.

The <duration> of a <chord> note does not move the musical position within a <measure>. That is done by the <duration> of the first preceding note without a <chord> element. Thus the <duration> of a <chord> note cannot be longer than the preceding note.

In most cases the <duration> will be the same as the preceding note. However it can be shorter in situations such as multiple stops for string instruments. Here is an example from Mozart's Concerto No. 3 for Violin, K. 216:

If these first three notes are represented as a chord, the quarter notes must be the ones with the <chord> element.


Always empty.




This element is used in the following examples:

<arpeggiate>, <artificial>, <assess> and <player>, <beat-repeat>, <chord>, <chord> (Multiple Stop), <damp-all>, <glissando> (Multiple), <non-arpeggiate>, <pedal> (Symbols), <pluck>, <staff>, Tutorial: Après un rêve, Tutorial: Chopin Prelude, Tutorial: Percussion