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date: 09 May 2021

Fermata (It.: ‘pause’)locked

  • David Fuller

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(It.: ‘pause’)

The sign of the corona or point surmounted by a semicircle showing the end of a phrase or indicating the prolongation of a note or a rest beyond its usual value. ‘Fermata’ came into American usage during the 19th century; H.W. Pilkington, in A Musical Dictionary (Boston, 1812), still gave only ‘pause’, but both fermata and ...

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