Definition of Sustaining pedal

1. Noun. A pedal on a piano that lifts the dampers from the strings and so allows them to continue vibrating.

Exact synonyms: Loud Pedal
Generic synonyms: Foot Lever, Foot Pedal, Pedal, Treadle
Group relationships: Forte-piano, Piano, Pianoforte



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Literary usage of Sustaining pedal

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1. Pianos and Their Makers by Alfred Dolge (1913)
"Among the many other improvements in piano construction devised by Gertz may be mentioned his tone-sustaining pedal and damper frame. ..."

2. Pianos and Their Makers by Alfred Dolge (1913)
"... construction devised by Gertz may be mentioned his tone-sustaining pedal and damper frame. As an expert in pneumatics he has naturally Rich. ..."

3. The American History and Encyclopedia of Music by Janet M. Green, Josephine Thrall (1908)
"The sustaining pedal is used at the discretion of the performer. 2. The pipe organ has different sorts of pedals: those in the pedal keyboard that resemble ..."

4. A Dictionary of Musical Terms: Containing Upwards of 9,000 English, French by Theodore Baker (1895)
"Sustaining-pedal, a piano- pedal acting to hold up any dampers already raised by the damper-pedal, by this means prolonging the tone of all strings affected ..."

5. Pronouncing and Defining Dictionary of Music by William Smythe Babcock Mathews, Emil Liebling (1896)
"When there are three pedals the middle one is generally a tone-sustaining pedal. This is a modification of the damper pedal, prolonging whatever tones are ..."

6. The Art of the Player-piano: A Text-book for Student and Teacher by Sydney Grew (1922)
"As a purely mechanical device, this Sustaining-pedal serves to hold down, in effect, keys which—owing to the pianist having to move his hand to another ..."

7. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The "tone- sustaining" pedal, although not invented by the Steinways, is often found in their grand pianos. It is an arrangement that, instead of raising ..."

8. Pedalling in Pianoforte Music by Algernon H. Lindo (1922)
"called, not the " loud," but the " sustaining " pedal Although the use of this term has, in a large measure, been discarded in favour of the more suitable, ..."

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