pedal point

noun

Definition of pedal point

: a single tone usually the tonic or dominant that is normally sustained in the bass and sounds against changing harmonies in the other parts

Examples of pedal point in a Sentence

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First Known Use of pedal point

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Pedal point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pedal%20point. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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