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damper pedal

noun, Music.
1.
a pedal on a piano that when depressed with the foot raises the dampers and permits the strings to vibrate and sustain the tone.
Also called loud pedal, reverberation pedal, sustaining pedal.
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  • There was, I admit, great clearness—a clearness that became a smudge when you used the damper pedal.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • In many modern editions this depression and release of the damper pedal are more accurately indicated by the sign .

  • For the brilliant effect demanded, there should be a liberal use of the damper pedal.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
  • May the damper pedal and the soft pedal be used simultaneously, or would this be detrimental to the piano?

    Piano Playing Josef Hofmann
Contemporary definitions for damper pedal
noun

a foot-level on a string instrument, such as a piano, that lifts the dampers from the strings which makes the tone longer and fuller; also called loud pedal , forte pedal , sustaining pedal , [una corda pedal]; cf. soft pedal

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