A fermata (also known as a hold, pause, colloquially a birdseye, or as a grand pause when placed on a note or a rest) 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 (upside down), 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.
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Fermata (Music) with Dj Fari 11/19/2011 08:00PM to 11:00PM
08:00PM Adam Kent “Llianto por Ricardo Vines by Ernesto Hallfter” from Halffter: Complete Music for Piano Solo (CD, Album, Classical, 2001) on Bridge Records, Inc.
08:07PM Alberto Portuguese “Alberto Ginastera: American Preludes For Piano Op. 12 Triste” from Alberto Ginastera: American Preludes For Piano Op. 12 Triste (CD, Album, Classical)
08:24PM Alberto Portuguese and Aurora Natolla Ginastera “Triste by Alberto Ginastera” from Complete Piano music and Chamber music vol1 (Single) on ASV
08:28PM Luis Williams and Astis Valdimarsdottir “Lament for Two Violas” from Bridge: Early Chamber Music
08:37PM Christine Schäfer “Songs by Ernest Chausson” from Songs by Ernest Chausson (CD, Album)
09:00PM Fedor Glushchenko, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra & Sergei Lyapunov “Mourned by the wind by Giya Kancheli” from Mourned by the wind by Giya Kancheli (CD, Album, Classical, 1992) on Olympia
09:38PM Geoffrey Tozer “The forgotten melodies by Nikolai Medtner” from The forgotten melodies by Nikolai Medtner (CD, Album, Classical)
09:53PM Maria Espada “Drei Leider arranged by Helmut jasbar - Schubert” from Wahnsinnige Sehnsucht (CD, Album, Classical, 1997) on extraplatte (Austria)
10:00PM Maria Espada and Kennedy Moretti “Zufall by Helmut Jasbar” from Wahnsinnige sehnsucht (CD, Album, Classical, 1997) on extraplatte (Austria)
10:17PM Rosamunde Quartett “string quartet No 1 by valentin Silvestrov” from leggiero Pesante (CD, Album, Classical, 2002) on ECM New Series (USA)
10:38PM Maria Kliegel & Jenö Jandó “Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 4 by Zoltan Kodaly” from Zoltan Kodaly, Music for Celle (CD, Album, Classical, 1996) on Naxos (Germany)
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