Hi All, Here's a little something that came in my email that might
generate some group participation:
Hi John, My name is Pete and I'm from Nottinghamshire in England.
We are doing a quiz and I've surfed the net for the answer to one
question, but I don't feel the answer I've got is the right one.
The question is, "What is the correct name for the right hand foot
pedal on a piano?" The answer I have is damper (loud).
If you could help me I would be most grateful. My E-mail address
I told Pete that the correct answer is "Sustain pedal", but I wonder,
is that considered the only correct answer?
John A. Tuttle
[ These definitions of the pedals are given in "Dictionary of Musical
[ Terms", (c) 1895 by G. Schirmer (credit is given "History of
[ Pianoforte-Playing" by Weitzmann). Under "Pedal" in the Dictionary
[ is "Damper-pedal, the right pianoforte pedal, on depressing which the
[ dampers are raised from the strings, [also called] Loud or Open pedal
[ ... Soft pedal, the left pedal of the pianoforte ... Sustaining-
[ pedal, a piano-pedal acting to hold up any dampers already raised..."
[ But that was 1895 ! -- Robbie