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Sostenuto piano pedal - Koen D., 04 Dec 09:56AM
     Re: Sostenuto piano pedal - Justin at Sibelius, 04 Dec 08:42PM
         Re: Sostenuto piano pedal - Mark Isaacs, 05 Dec 06:47PM
             Re: Sostenuto piano pedal - Mark Isaacs, 05 Dec 08:47PM

Sostenuto piano pedal
Posted by Koen D. - 04 Dec 09:56AM
I wonder whether there is a way to indicate, in a piano score, the use of the sostenuto pedal (the third pedal)(not the sustain pedal, for which the 'Ped.' indication is used). Is a specific symbol known for this? Can sostenuto be taken into account when playing the music?

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Re: Sostenuto piano pedal
Posted by Justin at Sibelius - 04 Dec 08:42PM
I think there might be a note or two about it in Gould's Behind Bars.

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Re: Sostenuto piano pedal
Posted by Mark Isaacs - 05 Dec 06:47PM
And you can create your own symbol for it, based on one of the Pedal Lines already in the program. Don't expect it to play back as if it were the actual sostenuto pedal.

This pedal is sorely negelected with understanding, even amongst pianists, who often don't even know its name and just call it "the middle pedal". Adding confusion to ignorance is the fact that many upright pianos have a "middle pedal" that performs the entirely different function of muting the piano by dropping cloth between the hammers and strings, to ameliorate neighbour disturbance.

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Re: Sostenuto piano pedal
Posted by Mark Isaacs - 05 Dec 08:47PM (edited 05 Dec 09:29PM)
Here's the custom sostenuto pedal line I created in Sibelius, based on one of the existing pedal lines supplied.


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Sostenuto piano pedal - Koen D., 04 Dec 09:56AM
     Re: Sostenuto piano pedal - Justin at Sibelius, 04 Dec 08:42PM
         Re: Sostenuto piano pedal - Mark Isaacs, 05 Dec 06:47PM
             Re: Sostenuto piano pedal - Mark Isaacs, 05 Dec 08:47PM