pedal point

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noun Music.

a tone sustained by one part, usually the bass, while other parts progress without reference to it.
a passage containing it.

Nearby words

  1. pedagogy,
  2. pedal,
  3. pedal boat,
  4. pedal keyboard,
  5. pedal piano,
  6. pedal pushers,
  7. pedal steel guitar,
  8. pedalfer,
  9. pedalo,
  10. pedant

Origin of pedal point

First recorded in 1875–80

Also called organ point, pedal note.

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British Dictionary definitions for organ point

pedal point

noun

music a sustained bass note, over which the other parts move bringing about changing harmoniesOften shortened to: pedal
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