Definition of Half rest

1. Noun. A musical rest having the time value of half a whole rest or equal in duration to two beats in common time.

Generic synonyms: Rest

Definition of Half rest

1. Noun. (music) A half rest is a pause or interval of silence equal in duration to two quarter rests or one half of a whole rest. In common or 4/4 time, its duration is two beats. ¹

2. Noun. (music) A symbol used in musical notation drawn as a solid rectangle directly above the middle line of a staff whose height is half the distance between lines. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Half Rest

half marathons
half mask
half measure
half mile
half nelson
half nelsons
half nephew
half niece
half note
half notes
half orphan
half orphans
half page
half past
half register
half rest (current term)
half rests
half rhyme
half rhymes
half seas over
half shell
half shells
half sister
half sister-in-law
half sisters
half sisters-in-law
half snipe
half sole
half sovereign
half sovereigns

Literary usage of Half rest

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. First Theory Book by Diller, Angela (1921)
"The meter-sign \ means that there are two pulses in the measure, each pulse being equal to a half-note or half-rest. The sign \ indicates a measure of three ..."

2. Music in the Public Schools: A Manual of Suggestions for Teachers by Elbridge Ward Newton (1909)
"half rest. Quarter rest. Eighth rest. Sixteenth rest. Thirty-second rest. 12. The Tie, a curved line joining ^ two notes of the same pitch. ..."

3. The Devotional Harmonist: A Collection of Sacred Music, Comprising a Large (1851)
"The dotted half note ? The quarter note? <tc. half rest? ... half rest? <te. 6. When is the slur to be used ? 7. What does the hold, or pause, show? ..."

4. Popular Method of Sight-singing by Frank Damrosch (1894)
"... a two-part measure containing a half-note and a half-rest Class sings : Sing a 'wo-part measure containing a half-rest and a half-note : 1 etc.,etc. ..."

5. Elements of Notation and Harmony: With Fifty-eight Exercises for Use in by Ludwig Bussler (1890)
"For instance, where an interval of silence equal in length to the value of a half-note ia required, the corresponding sign is called a half-rest. ..."

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