David Runnion replies to me replying to him:
>>... It depends: for example, the famous pause
>>between the first two movements of Mahler's 2nd - "Hier folgt eine Pause
>>von mindestens 5 Minuten" (here follows a pause of at least 5 minutes).
>Ah, but that's not a rest! A rest is a musical notation, with a rhythmic
>value. This is a pause, a written stage direction, if you will. And, I
>might add, a fairly exact one.
Actually, a rest is not only a musical notation, as the German word, Pause,
makes clear. Mahler could have put in a whole rest with the notation
quarter = v.m. 0.8. It means exactly the same thing as his less clumsy
written note. I don't think we should confuse the sign for the music.