Steve Schwartz wrote:
>May I suggest that there are two types of rests (Ger. Pause; Fr. silence)
>- exact and inexact? Exact rests must be strictly observed, inexacts not.
>Much of it has to do with keeping the overall pulse of the music. Hence,
>a rest at the end of a piece or between sections is often not given its
>full duration, with little harm done. Needless to say (but I'll probably
>have to say it anyway, so why not now?), there are also rests that occur
>in such contexts that should be fully observed. Performers must actually
>think about it, rather than simply follow.
What's an inexact rest? Rests at the end of a piece are usually put there
to make the thing work out mathematically, but not always. Sometimes you
will see a rest at the end of a piece with a fermata over it, to me that
indicates that you must remain "in character" without breaking the musical
mood for the thunderous applause. I think those must be observed with
their full duration. Rests between sections (or before..ahem..those silly
NO I WON'T SAY THE WORD signs) must be observed and counted like any other.
You often see rests with fermatas between variations of a theme and
variations movement, I suppose those might be "inexact".