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Re: 'fermata'

From: Trevor Bača
Subject: Re: 'fermata'
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2007 16:58:45 -0800

On 3/3/07, Paul Scott <address@hidden> wrote:
Graham Percival wrote:
> As a Canadian, I'm mortified to find myself agreeing with the Yanks :P
>  , but that is the case.  I've never heard of a "pause" being used in
> a formal sense; it's always been used when addressing children or
> inexperienced amateur musicians.
> Still, the purpose of the glossary is to educate such people (I'm now
> including the whole UK and their penal colony as "inexperienced" :),
> so I've added "pause" to the glossary.  :)
The other American English word I'm familiar with for fermata is "hold."


I'm confused. "Hold" -- like "pause" -- certainly isn't used as a
musical term in the US. Or am I missing something? Is "hold" a
Britishism for fermata?

Trevor Bača

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