As I continue to contemplate rest, I thought of rests in musical compositions. The painting above shows the hands of composer, music interpreter, and friend Geri Metcalf Rosser. Rests within a piece of music help to make the composition. The singer or player does not have to finish the piece in order to rest. Musical rests happen during the work.
Rests can be very brief, but are still an important part of the complete work. The sketch shows eighth, quarter, half and whole beat rests (left to right). I saw quarter rests between many of the “Hallelujahs” in the Hallelujah Chorus by George Frederick Handel. Between the repeating words “And He shall reign forever and ever” I saw rests of eighth, quarter, half, and whole beats. The piece of music was written for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices to sing together. Some rests were for one, two, or three parts and some for all four parts to rest at the same time. The orchestra must have a whole set of other staffs with rests to observe.
I like the idea that with God reigning there will be more rests. When I or someone else is trying to reign, rests may not be possible. I want to pay attention to rests. I think rests have been under rated.
LeTtiNg iT gO BLoG
Linda T. Hurd.