pedal point

noun

: 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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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pedal%20point. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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