What is a Mordent (and other Dictionary term question you may have)?

There are a lot of musical terms in the musical language.  As a pianist progresses through levels and engages with a variety of styles and time-periods, he/she will encounter new symbols and terms.  “What are these things?,” you might wonder.  For example, what is a mordent?

Well, have no fear.  Piano Discoveries is here to help you navigate various musical terms with our Music Dictionary!

Did you know that on the Piano Discoveries Music Dictionary tab you can type in a word and search for the definition, OR search through words in the alphabetical listing (A-Z), OR search through the musical symbols and click on the symbol for which you want the definition?  Piano Discoveries has you covered from a variety of angles.

So, what is a mordent?

Well, a mordent is an ornament consisting of a single alternation between a given pitch, and the one immediately below it.


Or in an inverted mordent, it alternates between a given pitch and the one immediately above it. (Inverted meaning flipped upside down).




Neat, huh?

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