An appoggiatura is a grace note type ornament, that precedes main note it slurred to. When it is played, it takes some time from the main note.

An appoggiatura looks like this : and should be played something like this: appoggiatura

In the piece below (JB Lœillet - Sonata III in F for Two Treble Recorders) there appears to be what looks like appoggiature, but (instead of preceding) succeeding the main note note they are slurred to:

JB Lœillet - Sonata III in F for Two Treble Recorders

What is this type of ornament called (is it a type of appoggiatura or some other type of grace note ornament)?

Is there another way to write this type of ornament?

It is just a way of ending a trill with a turn?

How should (a simple example of) this type of ornament be played?


Here is close-up of an incident of this ornament:

close-up of an incident of ornament

If I try to shorten the main note, to fit in both the two semiquavers on the left, And the three semiquavers on the right: there is not enough time to fit them all into the time of the main crotchet note.

It doesn't make sense to treat the three tied grace note semiquavers on the right, as an appoggiatura like the two on the left.

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    Often the best way to answer these kind of questions (if you don't have a teacher to ask) is to find various recordings of other people playing the piece and see what they do!
    – lioness99a
    Feb 21, 2020 at 8:08

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The first example is obviously a multi-note appoggiatura with the same properties of your simple example:

  • Start on the beat of the main note
  • shorten that accordingly to fit the ornament in.

You are probably right on the second example, the ornament is played after the trill but the following notes and possible ornaments may influence this.

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    To be clear: both the lead 2-note appog. and the trailing 3-note appog should be inside the first quarter-note. Feb 21, 2020 at 13:16
  • As for the first example (red circle) : How can I fit five (two on the left, three on the right) semiquavers into the space of one crotchet? Feb 24, 2020 at 1:31
  • @ElementsinSpace - Don't treat those note lengths in the ornament literally. Just make them short.
    – Dekkadeci
    Feb 25, 2020 at 17:52

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