sostenuto pedal

noun

Definition of sostenuto pedal 

: a pedal on some pianos that lifts the dampers from only the strings whose keys are being held down at the moment it is pressed so as to allow those notes to ring while subsequent notes do not

called also sustaining pedal, sostenente pedal

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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