[ US /fɛɹˈmɑˌtɑ/ ]
  1. (music) a prolongation of unspecified length on a note or chord or rest
  2. a musical notation (over a note or chord or rest) that indicates it is to be prolonged by an unspecified amount
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How To Use fermata In A Sentence

  • So we have a bunch of harmonies with no functional relationship to each other, and a couple of diametrically opposed tempi jammed together with a fermata. Archive 2006-09-01
  • He was diplomatic, too, even reassured the oboist about her big fermata: "Take 2 bars and I'll make sure you have enough time. Laurence Vittes: Have Baton, Will Travel: Classical Music Combine in New Orleans
  • The sax held the final fermata, a wistful confession, and bent it into tune. Chameleon
  • 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.
  • Here is a pianist who not only understands the power of quiescence, but celebrates it: no silence is taken for granted, no pianissimo is abused for something it is not, no fermata is dismissed as excessive or unnecessary.
  • Sometimes he transitioned subtly from one tune to another by means of an arco bass solo from Mr. August; at other points he simply stopped playing one composition and started playing the next one without so much as a fermata between them. Reviving Sounds and Legends
  • More specifically, Variations 16 and 17, which have no fermata between them, function as the midpoint, and to either side lie three singles, four groups (either as pairs or groups of three), two singles and Aria.
  • However, the stellar moment of the evening was when the big galoot stood waving his arms as if to conduct a crescendo out of the band's final fermata, just stretching that devil's grin of his.
  • The rests, fermatas and sudden dynamic changes help to provide an element of surprise.
  • This also differs from the piano part in the transcription as the piano part indicates the fermata.
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