Definition of fermata in English:


Line breaks: fer|mata
Pronunciation: /fəːˈmɑːtə


  • 1A pause of unspecified length on a note or rest.
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    • The rests, fermatas and sudden dynamic changes help to provide an element of surprise.
    • Unfortunately, most editors have tried to ‘correct’ Bach's ‘inconsistencies’ by adding fermatas where Bach did not indicate them.
    • In movement four there should be a fermata over the last cluster in line two.
  • 1.1A sign indicating a prolonged note or rest.
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    • This also differs from the piano part in the transcription as the piano part indicates the fermata.
    • Many of the extremely slow and lightening fast tempos we have become so accustomed to are automatically invalidated simply by honoring Bach's fermatas and implied tempo relationships.
    • The final two bars, with their fermatas and sforzandos, are much more theatrical and formidable than Schubert's.


Italian, from fermare 'to stop'.

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