Definition of fermata in English:

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fermata

Pronunciation: /fəːˈmɑːtə/

noun

Music
1A pause of unspecified length on a note or rest.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Italian, from fermare 'to stop'.

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