Bob wrote:
It actually means "general pause," but tomato tomahto.  However, "everyone stops playing until the conductor cues some or all to begin again" isn't correct, as that's describing a fermata.  A "G.P." is in tempo; it's simply given as a courtesy or signpost to the players, basically saying that if you hear anyone playing, someone's lost.  

I bow to your wisdom; as always, you are correct.

Have cello, will play Pachelbel.  Enthusiastically.  
Last Edited By: daisyrose Jan 25 17 8:07 PM. Edited 1 time.