Editing Mordents

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Editing Mordents

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A mordent, indicated with the editing_mordents or editing_mordents1 symbol above the ornamented note, is performed as two notes preceding the final performance of the ornamented note The first note of the mordent has the pitch of the ornamented note. The second note is a half step or whole step above or below the note. The more common mordent, represented with the editing_mordents2 symbol, plays the second note below the ornamented note. The mordent represented with the editing_mordents3 symbol plays the second note above the ornamented note.


In the Ornament Palette, the buttons for the two types of mordents look like this:

editing_mordents4 and editing_mordents5

The following general procedures apply to the editing of mordents:

B816Converting Written-Out Performances to Ornaments.
B816Reverting Ornaments to Written-Out Performances.
B816Deleting an Ornament.
B816Viewing and the Written-Out Performance of Ornaments.

The following procedures, unique to mordents, are described in this topic:

B816Change the type of mordent, that is, whether the mordent plays a note below or above the ornamented note.
B816Add an accidental for the note above or below the ornamented note.

prcarrow To change the type of mordent.

1.Select the mordent symbol in the score.
2.Click the editing_mordents6 or editing_mordents7 button in the Ornament Palette to change the mordent symbol.

-- OR --

Type "md" or "mu" for downward or upward mordent.

Musician will change not only the symbol but also the performance of the mordent.

A mordent can optionally have an accidental for the note above or below the ornamented note. This accidental is displayed below the editing_mordents8 symbol or above the editing_mordents9 symbol. The ornament accidental is necessary only if the upper or lower note of the mordent does not fall within the key signature, or if in the same measure there is a previous note that would change the inherited accidental for the upper or lower note of the mordent.

prcarrow To add an accidental for the upper and/or lower note of a mordent:

If the mordent has not already been added, then add it, as described in Adding Ornaments. You always add an accidental to an ornament after the ornament has been added.

1.In the Ornament Palette, click the Edit Accidental editing_mordents10 button.

-- OR --

Type "ac" for accidental.

Musician will display the Mordent Accidental dialog box:


2.Enter the accidental for the note below or above the ornamented note, depending on whether the mordent symbol is editing_mordents11 or editing_mordents12.
3.If you want the accidental to apply to the actual performance-- which you usually will want to do-- then leave a check mark by "Change pitch according to new accidental."