Inverted Mordent

A rapid alternation with the note below

"Inverted Mordent", also referred to as the "Lower Mordent", is a decorative musical embellishment technique often applied to melodic elements within music compositions. It encompasses rapid alternation between the primary note and a lower auxiliary note, typically separated by a whole or half tone interval. This method serves to introduce immediate variations into the music, infusing dynamics and heightened expressiveness into musical passages.

When executing an inverted mordent, the conventional sequence entails initiating with the primary note, swiftly transitioning to the lower auxiliary note, and promptly returning to the main note. The rhythm of this ornamentation is characteristically brisk, resulting in a very brief duration of the technique. The inverted mordent is adaptable to a diverse array of instruments, including the piano, string instruments, and woodwinds.

In musical notation, the number of twists in the inverted mordent symbol corresponds to the number of alternations between the main note and the auxiliary note, increasing with each additional twist.

The inverted mordent introduces substantial variations within music, imbuing specific notes with vivid prominence. This technique may be employed to accentuate particular notes, infuse dramatic flair into the music, or introduce unexpected elements of musicality. Unlike the conventional "mordent", the inverted mordent distinguishes itself by involving the alteration to the note below the main note after the main note has been played.

Example of Inverted Mordent

Mordents and Inverted Mordents