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 (môr′dnt, môr-dĕnt′)
A melodic ornament in which a principal tone is rapidly alternated with the tone a half or full step below.

[German, from Italian mordente, from mordere, to bite, from Vulgar Latin *mordere, from Latin mordēre; see mer- in Indo-European roots.]


(Music, other) music a melodic ornament consisting of the rapid alternation of a note with a note one degree lower than it. Also called: lower mordent
[C19: from German, from Italian mordente, from mordere to bite]


(ˈmɔr dnt)

a melodic embellishment consisting of a rapid alternation of a principal tone with the tone a half or a whole step below it, called single or short when the auxiliary tone occurs once and double or long when this occurs twice or more.
[1800–10; < German < Italian mordente biting < Latin mordent-, s. of mordēns, present participle of mordēre to bite; see -ent]


[ˈmɔːdənt] Nmordente m
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For example, I tried playing a few examples from my favorite sonatas ("The Moonlight," "The Pathetique," "The Waldstein") with the information I learned about playing certain trills and turns, mordents, grace notes and arpeggios.
Improved notation interpretation Sibelius playback has been greatly enhanced, providing better interpretation of notation distinctions such as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and breath marks; composers can now hear every nuance of their score played back in realistic detail, without having to hire an expensive orchestra,
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However, elements in Sharp's notation of the playing of both Henry and Tom Cave - the 'Scotch snaps', flourishes, and their use of triplets, trills, and mordents - suggest both that they were sophisticated exponents of their art and that Sharp made every effort to record their musical personalities rather than merely the tunes in his notations.
Bach chorale, O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde groB, BWV 622, commonly regarded as the most popular of Bach's organ chorales, (47) contains fifty-three added notes directly written into the first three phrases, as well as two mordents (two added notes each) and eight trills (which vary in the number of notes played according to the performer).
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True, such scores do often indicate pinces, but normally following a rising grace note, or port de voix, rather than as `unprepared' mordents.
Vocal licks are very short ornamentations that include grace notes, mordents, trills, bluesy riffs, and longer melismatic patterns, like the ones popularized by Mariah Carey.
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Ornamentation: decorate the melody with grace notes, neighboring tones, mordents, glisses, etc.
Contrary to the prevalent notion that English fiddle playing was unembellished, graces, trills, mordents, and the like can be heard in the recordings of earlier players such as Jinky Wells.