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organ point

noun

pedal point

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.
Also called organ point, pedal note.
Origin of pedal point
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80
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Examples from the Web for organ point
Historical Examples
  • In No. 23 at the end of the last movement, an organ point reminds us that the full intentions of the composer are not recorded.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • The piano phrase in the Rondo of No. 11 , before the organ point and the pause bar, is striking.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
British Dictionary definitions for organ point

pedal point

/ˈpɛdəl/
noun
1.
(music) a sustained bass note, over which the other parts move bringing about changing harmonies Often shortened to pedal
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