Ornamentation - in Singing

Ornamentation - in Singing


Dungiven singer Mary Dillon here sings a verse of the song Benedy Glen. The first time round she sings it in a plain fashion, without ornamentation. She then repeats the verse and sings it as she would naturally, spontaneously ornamentating notes. These note decorations or ornaments weave the phrases and lines together and allow the singer to put her own individual stamp on the song. No other singer would sing the song in precisely the same manner.


  • Without Ornamentation

    Benedy Glen sung by Mary Dillon

  • Ornamented

    Benedy Glen sung by Mary Dillon. Listen to the note decorations and ornaments missing in the first rendition