Definition of pedal note in English:

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pedal note

Pronunciation: /ˈpedl ˌnōt/

noun

(also pedal tone) Music
1The lowest or fundamental note of a harmonic series in some brass and wind instruments.
2 (also pedal point) A note sustained in one part (usually the bass) through successive harmonies, some of which are independent of it.
Example sentences
  • Might the sostenuto pedal be employed to play a pedal point so the left hand does not have to sustain it?
  • Opening in a serene, almost mystical, manner, the work features a chain of sonorities that alternately rise and fall over a long pedal point in A-flat major.
  • Its beautiful sound tapestry was created by a freely flowing association of textures such as polytonal chord clashes, rapid repeated notes, and pedal points.

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Syllabification: ped·al note

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