Origin of fermataItalian from fermare, to stop, confirm from Classical Latin firmare, to make firm from firmus, firm
- The prolongation of a tone, chord, or rest beyond its indicated time value.
- The sign indicating this prolongation.
Origin of fermataItalian from feminine past participle of fermare to stop from Latin firmāre to make firm from firmus firm ; see dher- in Indo-European roots.
from St. Matthew Passion (1729) by
Johann Sebastian Bach
(plural fermatas or fermate)
From Italian fermata, from fermare (“to stop”).