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A rest is an interval of silence in a piece of music, marked by a sign indicating the length of the pause. Each rest symbol corresponds with a particular note value: Silence is a relative or total lack of sound. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Parts of a note In music notation, a note value indicates the relative duration of a note, using the color or shape of the note head, the presence or absence of a stem, and the presence or absence of flags. ...

  • long rest (or four-measure rest)
  • double whole rest / breve rest
  • whole rest / semibreve rest
  • half rest / minim rest
  • quarter rest / crotchet rest
  • eighth rest / quaver rest
  • sixteenth rest / semiquaver rest
  • thirty-second rest / demisemiquaver rest
  • sixty-fourth rest / hemidemisemiquaver rest

The combination of rests used to mark a pause follows the same rules as for notes. For more details see note value. Image File history File links Music_rests2. ... Parts of a note In music notation, a note value indicates the relative duration of a note, using the color or shape of the note head, the presence or absence of a stem, and the presence or absence of flags. ...


One-bar rests

When an entire measure is devoid of notes, a semibreve (whole) rest is used, regardless of the actual time signature. The only exception is for a 4/2 time signature (four minims per bar), when a breve rest is typically used for a bar's rest. Some published music places the numeral "1" above the rest to confirm the extent of the rest. In musical notation, a bar or measure is a segment of time defined as a given number of beats of a given duration. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In manuscript autographs and facsimiles, bars without notes are sometimes left completely empty, without even a semibreve rest. The composer can also completely leave out the staff lines (the practice of, for example, Krzysztof Penderecki). Krzysztof Penderecki. ...


Multiple measure rests

Multimeasure rest lasting 21 whole rest lengths
Multimeasure rest lasting 21 whole rest lengths
Multimeasure rest using longa and breve rests
Multimeasure rest using longa and breve rests

In instrumental parts, rests of more than one measure in the same meter and key may be indicated with a multiple measure rest, showing the number of measures of rest, as shown. Multiple measure rests of variable duration are usually drawn in one of two ways: either as long, thick horizontal lines placed on the middle line of the staff, with serifs at either end, or as thick diagonal lines placed between the second and fourth lines of the staff. They denote a silence several times the duration of a whole rest. Image File history File links Multimeasure_rest. ... Image File history File links Multimeasure_rest2. ... In typography, serifs are non-structural details on the ends of some of the strokes that make up letters and symbols. ...


The number of whole rest lengths for which the multiple measure rest lasts is indicated by a number printed above the musical staff (usually at the same size as the numerals in a time signature). Where the silence is for less than eight whole rest lengths, some publishers use a combination of four measure rests, double whole rests and whole rests to graphically indicate the extent of the rest. This serves as a counting aid and derives from 19th-century notation conventions. If a meter or key change occurs during a multiple-measure rest, the rest must be broken up as required for clarity, with the change of key and/or meter indicated between the rests. This also applies in the case of a double-barline, which demarcates musical phrases or sections (a tacet instrumental part to a song may contain a sequence of multiple eight-measure rests, for instance).


The four measure rest or longa rest is a symbol found in Western musical notation denoting a silence four times the duration of a whole rest. They are only used in long silent passages which are not divided into bars. The longa is a musical note twice as long in duration as a breve (i. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Figure 1. ... In musical notation, a bar or measure is a segment of time defined as a given number of beats of a given duration. ...


Four-measure rests are drawn as filled-in rectangles occupying the whole space between the second and fourth lines from the top of the musical staff.


Dotted rests

A rest may also have a dot after it, increasing its duration by half, but this is less commonly used than with notes, except occasionally in modern music notated in compound meters such as 6/8 or 12/8. In these meters the long-standing convention has been to indicate one beat of rest as a quarter rest followed by an eighth rest (equivalent to three eighths). In music, a dotted note is a note that is 1 1/2 times the main note of the same kind. ... A duration is an amount of time or a particular time interval. ... In music, compound metre or compound time is a time signature or meter in which each beat (or rather, portion, 1/2 or 1/3 of a measure) is divided into three parts, as opposed to two which is simple meter. ...


Double-dotted rests, while theoretically acceptable, rarely appear in printed music, due to notational conventions and a concern for clarity.




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Rest (music) at AllExperts (406 words)
A rest is an interval of silence in a piece of music, marked by a sign indicating the length of the pause.
Typically the rest symbol itself is a horizontal bar with serifs on the end, but for shorter rests (8 measures or less) breve or long rests may be used.
Four measure rests are drawn as filled-in rectangles occupying the whole space between the second and fourth lines from the top of the musical staff.
REST - Free Music Downloads - MP3 Downloads - Download.com Music (564 words)
'rest' was formed by 2000 in Ankara, Turkey with four friends/musicians, and their first demo was released by the end of this year from Sis Music, Ankara, Turkey.
This demo had three songs, written by Saygin, and one of the songs got a success of being played a the local radio station in Ankara.
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