Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

pedal point

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Music.
  1. a tone sustained by one part, usually the bass, while other parts progress without reference to it.
  2. a passage containing it.

Origin of pedal point

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called organ point, pedal note.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for organ point

Historical Examples

  • This is the best part of it—a fugal Gloria, ending with a pedal-point.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • Angelus bells in pedal-point continue through a period of hope and prayer; but remorse again takes sway.

  • In the middle section you have done something new and good; the alternating chords above the pedal-point, rather la Russlan.


British Dictionary definitions for organ point

pedal point

noun
  1. music a sustained bass note, over which the other parts move bringing about changing harmoniesOften shortened to: pedal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012