Definition of Mordent

1. Noun. (music) An ornament consisting of a single alternation between a given pitch, and the one immediately below it ¹



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Definition of Mordent

1. a melodic embellishment [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mordent

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morcillas
morclofone
mordacious
mordaciously
mordacities
mordacity
mordancies
mordancy
mordant
mordanted
mordanting
mordantly
mordants
mordenite
mordent (current term)
mordents
mordicancy
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mordication
mordications
mordicative
more'n
more(a)
more-or-less
more Catholic than the Pope
more and more
more cry than wool
more equal

Literary usage of Mordent

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1. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) by John Alexander Fuller-Maitland, George Grove (1880)
"The sign for this grace is /w, the short vertical line being omitted ; and it consists, like the mordent, of three notes, rapidly executed, the auxiliary ..."

2. Elson's Music Dictionary: Containing the Definition and Pronunciation of by Louis Charles Elson (1905)
"There is, unfortunately, considerable confusion in the nomenclature of the mordent. Some apply the word to an embellishment with the upper note as auxiliary ..."

3. Studies in Musical Graces by Ernest Fowles (1907)
"In England, the term mordent is applied to both forms of the ornament and this has led to a slight confusion of nomenclature. Some writers apply the term ..."

4. Macready's Reminiscences and Selections from His Diaries and Letters by William Charles Macready, Frederick Pollock (1875)
"... for the following Monday in Rolla; and to be perfect in the new character of mordent for the second Wednesday. This was certainly rather high pressure. ..."

5. The American History and Encyclopedia of Music by Janet M. Green, Josephine Thrall (1908)
"When there is an accompanying note to that over which the mordent sign is written it is struck simultaneously with the first note of the mordent. ..."

6. The United States Speaker: a Copious Selection of Exercises in Elocution by John Epy Lovell (1846)
"mordent. We are now in private. Mor. And now, sir, 1 insist on a clear and explicit answer ... Nor will I be trifled with, Mr. mordent: I say where is she ? ..."

7. Pronouncing and Defining Dictionary of Music by William Smythe Babcock Mathews, Emil Liebling (1896)
"THE mordent AND BOUNDING TRII,!,. These two embellishments are precisely alike, ... The other, also called mordent by some, and Prall Trill or " Bounding ..."

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