curlew sign

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Benjamin Britten (1913—1976) composer

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Pause mark invented by Britten for his church parable Curlew River (1964) where there is no cond. This sign, when placed over a note or rest, indicates that the singer or instrumentalist must listen and wait until the other performers have reached the next barline or meeting‐point. Thus the note or rest may be longer or shorter than its written value.

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