- A sustained pitch, usually in the bass, around which other voices continue to move at the speed normal for the composition. The term probably derives from the practice of organists improvising over a bass tone played on the pedal division, just before an oncoming cadence.
Historical dictionary of sacred music. Joseph P. Swain. 2006.
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