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How to play this trill in Mozart's Piano Sonata 14 (K457)

Yes, you'll want to play E♭–F–E♭ before the final two sixteenth notes. My personal suggestion is more along the lines of: But some purists will insist on the rhythm of the D–E♭ being precisely as ...
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Why is there so much dispute about how ornaments are supposed to be played in classical music?

There are a couple things I would note. Most Classical music is pre-recording technology, so we don't have any recordings of how it would have been played at the time, which would likely be the way ...
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What does this downward triangular arrow mean?

It's a form of staccato called staccatissimo. Normal dot over/under a note means staccato, where the note is shortened by about a quarter of its normal length. Staccatissimo, is an 'extreme' version, ...
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How to play this trill in Mozart's Piano Sonata 14 (K457)

Both other answers overlook a crucial point. In Mozart (and contemporaries and earlier composers) trills should generally start on the upper note, which is the case here. However, many professional ...
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Obscure markings in BWV 814 I. Allemande, Bach, Henle edition

Small ornaments The smaller ornaments indicate an editorial addition. These additions are typically based on alternative sources or common practice, but which cannot be conclusively determined by the ...
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Trill notation with a wavy line

The sign for a trill is 'tr' (in bold italics). The wavy trill line is used to indicate the extent of the trill. The trill line is optional for a single note value, but it's necessary for tied notes. ...
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How do I notate alternating quickly between two notes an octave away from each other?

You're describing a tremolo. You can find good information on how to write it in the post What is this music symbol and how do I play it?
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note cancelling or what is it called?

This is called a grace note. Its duration can be stolen from either the note before or after it, depending on the stylistic context. I think the slash is intended to indicate "as fast as possible".
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Bach French Suite BWV 816: Allemande - what is the ornament with the swoosh at the end?

First, idem is not the name of an ornament but a Latin word meaning "the same." The ornament you're referring to, therefore, is called Doppelt-Cadence, but is the second example of that ...
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What does this flat symbol over a turn mean?

Accidental written above the turn symbol affects the upper note of the turn (which indeed is the first one for a regular turn), so (assuming the key of C major an no accidentals earlier in this ...
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Dot in front of a mordent

In the introductory notes to a critical edition of Charpentier's Élévation au St Sacrement, C. Jane Gosine writes (emphasis added): With no extant ornament tables by Charpentier, nor explanations of ...
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Weird acciaccatura (?) notation in Chopin's polonaise

There is nothing mysterious here. As you say, if it were slurred that would make it a tie, and that wouldn't make much sense in this setting. It all looks clear to me. Simply play the slashed Eb ...
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What are the ornaments in the western music and their corresponding ornaments in Indian music?

Hindustani (North Indian) Ornaments1 Alankara = Ornaments A major difference between Hindustani and Western ornaments is that Alankara are tied to raga, in the sense that how the ornament is executed ...
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Playing gruppetto with accidentals

The "x" underneath the turn symbol indicates that the lower note should be made a double sharp. Thus, the turn is played B-A#-Gx-A#.
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Would an accidental in a mordant still be effective for the whole measure?

The convention for ornaments is that a sharp or flat will affect only the ornament, and not other notes within the measure. So in your example, any note written in the C space will be played as a C ...
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Beethoven Sonata Op. 49 No. 2 Bar 12 trill

Yes, the ornament, known as a turn, is executed A-G-F#-G. Unless otherwise specified, ornaments are played within the given key signature. For additional reassurance, of the editions on IMSLP that ...
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Why do notes not add up to the bar in this example by Couperin?

In Couperin's time, a dot after a note-head didn't always mean to extend the duration by exactly 50%. Here, each dot means to extend the duration by just the right amount so as to make the durations ...
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Shift trill symbol horizontally in Lilypond

A good way to do it would be to simulate it using \markup, as you propose. Something like c^\markup{\left-align \musicglyph #"scripts.prallprall"} should do the trick. Another way would be ...
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Accidentals and ornaments

The general rule, given in Do accidentals earlier in the measure affect a trill?, is that preceding accidentals do affect the ornament. This case, however, is an exception. It would be very odd, ...
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What is the point in writing an appoggiatura?

I arrived at two reasons immediately: As part of ornamentation it is a clear indication, that a beginnner may skip the appogiatura without losing essential parts of the piece; informative in fast ...
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Trill measure 29 3rd movement "Moonlight" sonata (Beethoven op. 27 no. 2)

There is a general consensus that the trill should start on the principle note (A#) with finger 4 and consist of 5 total notes, including the trill ending. Beyond that, there is little agreement. ...
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What does a mordent written to the left of a note mean?

When the Mordent sign is used in front of the note it actually indicates a slide. If you can excuse the poor photo of the source material I think it can still be of some worth to you. It says the ...
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Need help understanding the double sharp turn in Chopin's prelude in e minor

There is no rule that says the turn has to go up one whole tone from the note you call the base. It can be a half tone or a whole tone. The turn follows the key signature unless something else is ...
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What does this downward triangular arrow mean?

To add a caveat to Tim's answer: this marking should generally be taken with a grain of salt — or more like a rather large pinch of salt — in music written prior to the 20th century. Most such ...
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What is the difference between a mordent and turn?

Mordent: includes only one note either above or below the main note. Turn: includes both one pitch above and one pitch below the main note. Below is a simple example of a "lower mordent". ...
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Mozart K.494: How do you play this (turn inside a tie)?

Playing the turn Your instinct is correct. The turn would be played C-D-C-B-C (B natural) as a triplet with the final left-hand eighth note, ending on the tied C in the following measure. This is ...
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