In music, the burden is an archaic term for the drone or bass in some musical instruments, and the pipe or part that plays it, such as a bagpipe drone or pedal point in an organ. Burden also refers to a part of a song that is repeated at the end of each stanza, such as the chorus or refrain.
This is what was anciently called proslambanomenos (Greek).
- Bourdon, a related term for a bass or drone note
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.
- Webster's Third New International Dictionary[full citation needed]
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