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Re: 'fermata'

From: Paul Scott
Subject: Re: 'fermata'
Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2007 22:29:16 -0700
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Trevor Bača wrote:
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.
It certainly is! Maybe it's not used as much but it has been used many times in my 53 years of playing instrumental music - mostly in Arizona - in may kinds of groups.

Or am I missing something? Is "hold" a
Britishism for fermata?
I have never played in Britain so I don't know about that.


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