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 Stevil 07/07/2012 08:00PM to 11:00PM
Kronos Quartet “String Quartet No. 3 - "...songs are sung": I. Adagio-Molto Andante-Cantabile” from Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3
Kronos Quartet “Dumisani Maraire: Mai Nozipo” from Pieces of Africa
Kronos Quartet “Sing, Sing: J. Edgar Hoover” from Howl, U.S.A.
Kronos Quartet “Howl: Poem and REading by Allen Ginsberg” from Howl, U.S.A.
Kronos Quartet “Tactile Time - Ali-Zadeh_ Mugam Sayagi” from Apsheron Quintet
Kronos Quartet “Ya Habibi Ta'ala (My Love, Come Quickly)” from Floodplain
Kronos Quartet “The Cusp Of Magic” from The Cusp Of Magic
Kronos Quartet “El Din_ Escalay (_Waterwheel_)” from Pieces of Africa
Kronos Quartet “Fear” from Piazzolla_ Five Tango Sensations
Balanescu Quartet “String Quartet No. 3 Beginning” from Michael Nyman: String Quartets Nos. 1 - 3
Balanescu Quartet “Still With Me” from Bălănescu: Luminitza
Balanescu Quartet “Hanging Upside Down” from Possessed
Balanescu Quartet “MODEL” from Possessed
Balanescu Quartet “Pocket Calculator” from Possessed
Balanescu Quartet “Luminitza” from Bălănescu: Luminitza
World Saxophone Quartet “Steppin'” from Steppin'
World Saxophone Quartet “COME SUNDAY” from Plays Duke Ellington
World Saxophone Quartet “Sweet D” from Dances and Ballads
World Saxophone Quartet “P.O. in Cairo” from Steppin'
World Saxophone Quartet “Full, Deep and Mellow” from Dances and Ballads
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