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1 In harmony, a note sustained below changing harmonies and called a pedal‐point or pedal‐bass. If sustained but not in the bass, it is an inverted pedal.

2 Lowest, i.e. fundamental, note of harmonic series, esp. in brass instrs.

3 Lever operated by the foot, as in hp., hpd., kettledrum, org., and pf.

Subjects: Music.


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