What do the pedals have to do with that? ?

Comment on the contribution of the piano sound board on the timbre or tone color perceived by the audience. What do the pedals have to do with that? 

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  • Dog
    Lv 4
    2 months ago
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    Depressing the una corda pedal has a profound impact on the sound in that fewer of the strings are directly struck by the hammer.  

    Depressing the sustain pedal lifts all the dampers from the strings which cause more sympathetic resonance.  Big timbral difference!Still not sure what the sostenuto pedal even does and I have played the piano for 4 decades :-D

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  • 2 months ago

    Sostenuto on a GRAND holds the first fistful you engage, anywhere on the piano. Sostenuto on an upright is a crap shoot, by model and manufacturer.  Welcome back DOG!  Who's a good boy??!!

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    • Mamianka
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Da Boss says, indicated in Debussy and Ravel, then future.  No specific notation for it in Chopin - might not have had a piano with one -but COULD be used at player's discretion.  DB does not recall requiring it in ANY of the Chopin he has played - a TON of it. 

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