pedal point


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

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Recent Examples on the Web Growly, subterranean pedal points and eerie screeches signal the three murders, evoked in animated silhouette by Nichols’ artfully gruesome projections. John Von Rhein,, 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pedal point

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pedal point was in 1846

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“Pedal point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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