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PEDAL POINT.
 

<< \new Staff = "up" { \key d \major \override Score.TimeSignature #'stencil = ##f \time 4/4 \override Score.Rest #'style = #'classical \relative a { \repeat unfold 3 { a16 bes g d' f e cis e } a g e a c bes g d' | f e cis f a g e a c bes g d' \ottava #1 f e cis f a g e a c b bes g e c b bes \ottava #0 g e c b | bes g e cis c b \change Staff = "down" bes a gis g e c bes gis b a | \times 2/3 { d,8 fis' d' } \change Staff = "up" s4 } }
\new Staff = "down" { \clef bass \key d \major \relative b { << { r8 <bes e,>4. r8 q4. | r8 << { bes4( a8) } \\ { e4. } >> } \\ { a,2 a a } >> r2 | <a a,>4^"ped." r4 r8 \clef treble \set tieWaitForNote = ##t e''8 ~ a ~ cis ~ <g' cis, a e>4 r r2 \clef bass s1 s4 s^"etc." } } >>


In the fourth bar of this quotation we seem to have got into a Dominant seventh of C♮, but this is not really the case, the C♮ being, as before, an appoggiatura over B♭, the Dominant minor ninth of A, and the real third (C♯) being ingeniously omitted in order to carry out the delusion. Not till the very last group of semiquavers are we undeceived.

A Pedal may occur in either an upper, middle, or lower part, but it is easy to understand from its nature that it is most effective as a bass, the clumsy name of 'inverted Pedal' applied to it in any but this position, seeming to stamp it as unnatural. The Trio of the Scherzo in Beethoven's 9th Symphony offers a good example of a Pedal taken in all positions.

Being apparently alien to the harmony, it is always desirable that the Pedal should lie far removed from the other parts, which is impossible when it occurs in a middle part. Even in orchestral compositions, where the Trumpets and Horns are frequently, from their nature, employed on a middle Pedal, much harshness results, although the pedal stands out in relief through contrast of timbre. Thus the following passage in Grieg's Pianoforte Concerto sounds very strange, though really it is quite simple:

{ \clef bass \override Score.TimeSignature #'stencil = ##f \time 4/4 \override Score.Rest #'style = #'classical \relative e' << { s2^"Ex. 10." <e e,>8 q4 q8 | r4 q8. q16 q8 q4 q8 | r4 q8. q16 q8 q4 q8 } \\ { <e b gis e>2 s | <fis d a d,>1 <g e ais, c,> <gis d b b,> } >> }

In the duet in the first Act of Bizet's 'Carmen,' however, a concealed tonic Pedal in a middle part is productive of novel and charming harmonious effect:—

{ \key bes \major \override Score.TimeSignature #'stencil = ##f \partial 4 \relative d'' << { d4^"Ex. 11." c c8 c \grace d c bes c d | c2. c4 } \\ { \override TupletNumber #'stencil = ##f \override TupletBracket #'bracket-visibility = ##f \times 2/3 { f,,8 bes d } \times 2/3 { g, bes c } \times 2/3 { e c bes } \times 2/3 { a bes d } \times 2/3 { f d bes } | \times 2/3 { g bes c } \times 2/3 { e c bes } \times 2/3 { f a c } ees4 } >> }


Here, on dissecting the arpeggios of the accompaniment, the B♭ is seen to be a Pedal, though not sustained.

This brings us to 'figured' or 'florid' Pedal. The Pedal note need not be merely sustained or reiterated, but may bear any ornamental figure, varying from a simple alternation with the note next above or below (as in countless 'spinning-wheel' pieces), to a scale passage or figure of any extent, provided this do not suggest harmony of itself. Thus in Beethoven we find

{ << \new Staff { \override Score.TimeSignature #'stencil = ##f \override Score.Rest #'style = #'classical \time 3/4 \partial 4. \relative b' { r8^"Ex. 12." r4 | <b f d>2. <c e, c> <fis, ees c> <g d b> } }
\new Staff { \clef bass \relative g, { g8 fis g | \repeat unfold 4 { aes4( g) g } } } >> }


and many similar passages (Finale of Symphony in A, etc.) of striking effect: whereas the following, from Wagner, is harsh, from the clashing of Tonic and Dominant harmonies:

<< \new Staff { \clef bass \override Score.TimeSignature #'stencil = ##f \time 3/4 \key f \minor \relative d' { \grace des8^"Ex. 13." c4 bes aes | \grace bes8 aes4 g g | \grace c8 bes4 aes g | \grace des'8 c2 c4 } }
\new Staff { \clef bass \key f \minor \relative f << { \grace s8 \stemUp <f aes c>2. <f bes des> <e g bes> <f aes c> } \\ { \repeat unfold 4 { <c c,>8 c aes bes c c } } >> } >>


When both Tonic and Dominant are simultaneously sustained we have a Double Pedal, an effect much used in modern music to convey ideas of a quaint or pastoral character, from its suggesting the drone of a bagpipe. This is a very ordinary form of accompaniment to the popular songs and dances of almost all countries, and is so constantly to be found in the works of Gounod, Chopin, and Grieg as to form a mannerism. Beethoven has produced a never-to-be-forgotten effect just before the Finale of the C minor Symphony by the simple yet unique device of placing, in his long double Pedal, the Dominant under the Tonic instead of above, as is usual. This passage stands absolutely alone as a specimen of Pedal.

Several modern composers have attempted a Triple Pedal—that is, the sustaining of the Tonic, the Dominant, and its Dominant (major ninth of Tonic). Especially noteworthy in this respect is the passage of 30 bars opening the Finale of Lalo's Spanish Symphony. All such attempts are futile, however, as the three notes form a harmony of themselves and preclude the possibility of being treated as a Pedal. The fact is to be strongly insisted on that only the Tonic