Mark Taylor Posted August 25, 2011 Share Posted August 25, 2011 One of the (many) gaps in my musical knowledge concerns ornaments. They simply didn’t crop up much when I was learning as a child. I currently use as a reference William Lovelock’s Ornaments and Abbreviations, first published in the 1930s. However, I recently found this comment on the internet. “It is unfortunate that the majority of pianists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries have been "educated" to believe that the symbol [that Bach used for a trill] represents an "inverted mordent"… . Actually, the term "inverted mordent" was never used during Bach's lifetime, and Bach makes it very clear that the symbol indicates a trill, beginning on the auxiliary note.” Quote from here. It seems that I have been playing inverted mordents when I should have been playing trills in Bach's music! Presumably, this also applies to Boehm. I have recently being looking at Boehm’s Vater unser im Himmelreich in Anne Marsden Thomas’ Oxford Service Music for Organ and playing mordants and inverted mordants as (I thought) notated. However, is this issue as black and white as the above quote suggests? And when did the inverted mordent make its first appearance? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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