Musical embellishments are elements, making music interesting for both listeners and performers, which have been used in every period of music. Nowadays, these elements are placed on the note in a way that leaves no room for doubt. However, this practice is rarely seen in Renaissance and Baroque music. Because according to the character of the music and features of the period, each performer had to know where and how to apply embellishments. It was accepted as a criterion of professionalism. There are discussions and different views on how to make these embellishments while interpreting the music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It is considered necessary to know the details of the ornamentation practices in the music of the relevant periods in order to perceive these debates and different views. In this research the historical development of the elmbellishments used in the Renaissance and Baroque periods and generally accepted examples are presented. The subjects of where, how and to what extent the embellishments to be used while interpreting the music composed till the end of the Baroque Period was investigated. Even though different and more free practices were encountered in the Renaissance period due to the fact that embellishments were mostly improvised, after different ideas, practices and discussions, the most common ornaments adopted today are mordent, trill, appoggiatura and grupetto.
Keywords: Musical Embellishment, Historical Development of Embellishments, Renaissance Music, Baroque Music