- a tone sustained by one part, usually the bass, while other parts progress without reference to it.
- a passage containing it.
Origin of pedal point
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called organ point, pedal note.
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Examples from the Web for organ point
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.Contemporary American Composers
In the middle section you have done something new and good; the alternating chords above the pedal-point, rather la Russlan.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
- music a sustained bass note, over which the other parts move bringing about changing harmoniesOften shortened to: pedal
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