American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A trill consisting of alternation between a written note and the note immediately above it. Also called inverted mordent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The German name for the inverted mordent 01 passing trill (which see, under trill).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Music) A melodic embellishment consisting of the quick alternation of a principal tone with an auxiliary tone above it, usually the next of the scale; -- called also the
- German : prallen, to rebound (alteration of Middle High German prellen) + Triller, trill (from Italian trillo, from trillare, to trill, probably of imitative origin). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The American College Dictionary defines a pralltriller as "an inverted mordent.”
“Stanley Kauffmann in his review of Stephen Becker's Marshall Field III calls in question the author's "expertise in the arts" by citing a statement of Mr. Becker on Field's interest in music: "He may not have known a mordant from a pralltriller.”
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