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Whole bar rest in 6/8 time?

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Can one expect to find a semibreve rest in 6/8 compound time?

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A semibreve rest CAN be used in 6/8 time - or ANY time (apart from 4/2 - quite unusual)) to represent one bar's rest. At that point, it isn't actually a 'semibreve', but represents just one bar of that music. It's become a shorthand way of saying "one whole bar rest".

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'The correct rest to use in classical music theory when the full bar rest is the semi breve rest. This is always the case regardless of time signature.

This is to aid the reading of the score. If you are in a orchestra and your instrument has to rest for five minutes your life is going to be much easier if there is not several rest in each bar.


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Whole bar rest in 6/8 time?

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Can one expect to find a semibreve rest in 6/8 compound time?


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A semibreve rest CAN be used in 6/8 time - or ANY time (apart from 4/2 - quite unusual)) to represent one bar's rest. At that point, it isn't actually a 'semibreve', but represents just one bar of that music. It's become a shorthand way of saying "one whole bar rest".

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I've seen this before. It's more common when you're doing multi-bar rests, then the semibreve/full bar rest will have a number over it denoting the number of whole bars to rest. - Paul Jun 2 at 16:03

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