the sustaining of a note, chord, or rest for a duration longer than the indicated time value, with the length of the extension at the performer's discretion.
a symbol placed over a note, chord, or rest indicating a fermata.
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How to use fermata in a sentence
He bounced around between bands for a while before joining a band named fermata as a bassist.‘Free Willy’ Turns 20: Catching Up With Star Jason James Richter | Kevin Fallon | July 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dr. Deiters thought that Ries confounded the last with the first movement, in which the clarinet enters after a fermata.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3) | Alexander Wheelock Thayer
A fermata in the middle of a movement does not constitute a break, neither need it at the end.The Pianoforte Sonata | J.S. Shedlock
In the case of a hold (fermata), the movement for the cut-off depends upon the nature of what follows.Essentials in Conducting | Karl Wilson Gehrkens
British Dictionary definitions for fermata
music another word for pause (def. 5)
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