Music Ornaments

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A useful guide to Music Ornaments. Facts, Images and worksheets! An easy way to brush up on musical theory. Information on the symbols and signs used in musical scores and notation.


Music Ornaments - Definition
Music ornaments are defined as decorative notes which embellish a melody. They are symbols used in music notation to direct the performer how a particular note should be played. The following are all examples of music ornaments: turn, trill, appoggiatura, mordent, arpeggio, glissando and acciaccatura. Different periods of music as well as different music genres and individual composers all have their own interpretation of how different ornaments should be played.

Music Ornaments - Types
Music Ornaments are used in many different music periods but most commonly occur in late Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras. Music ornaments are not restricted to a specific instrument, they may be performed by any instrument and include vocal music. Music ornaments are also commonly referred to as embellishments. There are many different music ornaments, the most commonly used ornaments are the trill, grace note, arpeggio, mordent, and turn.

Music Ornaments - Turns
A turn is a music ornament that comprises four notes:
- The note above the main note
- The main note
- The note below the main note
- The main note

Music Ornaments - Quotes
The following quote about the wonders of music from the character Lorenzo, in Shakespeare's play, the Merchant of Venice:

"The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus;
Let no such man be trusted."

Music Ornaments - Worksheet
Need to test your musical knowledge or looking for a quiz to test your students? Click on the link below and print off and complete a useful worksheet including a quiz on musical terms and notation including music ornaments. The answers have also been provided, just click on the link at the bottom of the quiz for the answers in a printable format.

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Music Ornaments - Facts
Music Ornaments Facts....Did you know...

Ornaments Fact 1: An appoggiatura is a music ornament or embellishment also referred to as a leaning note

Ornaments Fact 2: Appoggiatura and acciaccatura are examples of single note musical ornaments and are also called grace notes

Ornaments Fact 3: An acciaccatura is also called a crush note

Ornaments Fact 4: A mordent is an example of a music ornament

Ornaments Fact 5: Music ornaments are defined as decorative notes which embellish a melody

Ornaments Fact 6: A tremelo is a term used to describe the art of performing the same note repeated very quickly

Ornaments Fact 7: A sequence is a set of notes which change in pitch each time it is repeated

Ornaments Fact 8: In music, Imitation occurs when a melody in one part of the music composition is played in a later part of the composition overlapping the melody in the first part

Ornaments Fact 9: Imitations can be played in higher or lower octaves or at a different speed to change the original tune

Ornaments Fact 10: In music notation, Key signatures indicate the key in which the music has been written

Ornaments Fact 11: The key signature is placed at the beginning of the music staff or stave

Ornaments Fact 12:  A turn is a music ornament that comprises four notes

Ornaments Fact 13:  A trill is a music ornament that comprises rapid change between one tone and another. The change is either a step or a semitone away from the previous tone

Ornaments Fact 14: A broken chord is a chord where the notes are played successively and not simultaneously

Ornaments Fact 15: Accidente is the Italian term for accidental. An accidental is a mark which is placed before a note indicating that the previously understood pitch of the note is to be altered by one or two semitones

Music Ornaments - Bible References
Music was mentioned many times in the bible, the following definition is taken from Easton Bible Dictionary.

  • Jubal was the inventor of musical instruments (Gen. 4:21). The Hebrews were much given to the cultivation of music. Their whole history and literature afford abundant evidence of this. After the Deluge, the first mention of music is in the account of Laban's interview with Jacob (Gen. 31:27). After their triumphal passage of the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel sang their song of deliverance (Ex. 15)

  • The period of Samuel, David, and Solomon was the golden age of Hebrew music, as it was of Hebrew poetry. Music was now for the first time systematically cultivated. It was an essential part of training in the schools of the prophets (1 Sam. 10:5; 19:19-24; 2 Kings 3:15; 1 Chr. 25:6). There now arose also a class of professional singers (2 Sam. 19:35; Eccl. 2:8). The temple, however, was the great school of music. In the conducting of its services large bands of trained singers and players on instruments were constantly employed (2 Sam. 6:5; 1 Chr. 15; 16; 23;5; 25:1-6)

Dream Explanation - Music Ornaments
Hearing harmonious and soothing music in your dream, is a good omen of prosperity, pleasure and the expression of your emotions in a positive way. Music serves to heal the soul. Hearing discordant music in your dream means unhappiness and troubles in the home. 

Music Ornaments - Tattoos
Musical Ornaments images are a great idea for tattoos. Looking for inspiration for a unique tattoo design? Why not choose a musical note or incorporate a selection of musical symbols in your own design? A great way to show your interest in the fascinating world of music. Whether your preferred genre is Rock or Classical, Disco or Country, The Music Ornaments symbol is a great choice for a tattoo! Browse through our selection of images and check out the meaning of each one.

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Pictures and Videos of Music Ornaments
Discover the vast selection of pictures and videos which relate to Musical Ornaments and illustrate the different Musical Ornaments that we encounter in notation. What is the significance of Music Ornaments? What is an appoggiatura? What are the different types of ornaments called? What is a turn? Find the answer to these questions about ornament symbols and more! Lots of useful information and facts for anyone with an interest in music theory. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Signology Index - a great musical educational resource on Music Ornaments for everyone!


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