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fɛrˈmɑ təfer·ma·ta

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  1. fermata(Noun)

    The holding of a note or rest for longer than its usual duration; also the notation of such a prolongation, usually represented as a dot with a semi-circle above it, written above the prolonged note or rest.


  1. Fermata

    A fermata is an element of musical notation indicating that the note should be sustained for longer than its note value would indicate. Exactly how much longer it is held is up to the discretion of the performer or conductor, but twice as long is not unusual. It is usually printed above, but occasionally below, the note that is to be held longer. Occasionally holds are also printed above rests or barlines, indicating a pause of indefinite duration. This symbol appears as early as the 15th century, and is quite common in the works of Dufay and Josquin. A fermata can occur at the end of a piece, or it can occur in the middle of a piece, and be followed by either a brief rest or more notes. In chorale arrangements by Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers of the Baroque, the fermata often only signifies the end of a phrase, where a breath is to be taken. In a few organ compositions, the fermatas occur in different measures for the right and left hand, and for the feet, which would make holding them impractical. The word lunga is sometimes added above a fermata to indicate a longer duration.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fermata

    fer-mä′ta, n. (mus.) a pause or break. [It.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fermata in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fermata in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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