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organ point


pedal point

noun, Music.
a tone sustained by one part, usually the bass, while other parts progress without reference to it.
a passage containing it.
Also called organ point, pedal note.
Origin of pedal point
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The final phrase, strengthened by an organ-point on two notes, is fairly thrilling.

  • From shore the cheerful watch-cry of cocks rang out at intervals above the organ-point of surf.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Drift then, from radiance to near-commonplace, above the organ-point of things unsaid.

British Dictionary definitions for organ-point

pedal point

(music) a sustained bass note, over which the other parts move bringing about changing harmonies Often shortened to pedal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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