- A pause in the performance of a composition.
- The point of change in the quality of tenor, alto, and soprano voices (a genuine bass has no break). The lower range is called voce di petto or chest voice, the upper, voce di testa or head voice. In a properly trained voice, the break should be practically imperceptible. However, in certain vocal styles, such as yodeling, the break is emphasized.
- In the clarinet, flute, recorder, or other wind instrument, the place between the lower register of the instrument and the higher register. For example, the break on the clarinet is between B flat and B natural in the treble clef.
- A pause in a composition (normally jazz) that allows for a short improvised solo. This pause can be a few notes or up to a few measures and is typically with minimal or no accompaniment. The break can be used as an introduction to an extended improvised solo or, in blues music typically performed at the end of a composition.
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