minor mode


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minor mode

n
(Music, other) music any arrangement of notes present in or characteristic of a minor scale or key
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Noun1.minor mode - a key based on the minor scaleminor mode - a key based on the minor scale  
tonality, key - any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
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Discuss the minor mode forms: natural, harmonic, and melodic.
Full of unexpected changes and challenges to convention, it takes its nickname - the Turkish - from the thrilling final movement which shifts to a minor mode and features cellos and basses playing coll' arco al roverscio, ("with the wood of the bow") to produce percussive sound.
Among the main points are: 1) While minor mode symphonies make up only 2% of symphonies from the era, they had disproportionate importance to the composers at the time, justifying the intense scrutiny that Haydn's works (at least) have received in modern analyses.
The effect is striking, and the minor mode is reminiscent of the beginning of second theme, which was the most harmonically problematic of the piece so far.
Very well: it is from this side, for all that, that the minor third, the minor mode, the flat, the melody that softens in descending, and what is more the chromatic and enharmonic, of which it will soon be a question, have their source.
Here, though, I think of the art historian Katy Siegel, in a discussion of the painter Laura Owens, noting an interest in what she calls "the minor mode," such as watercolor, as a kind of political move among younger women artists.
for American optimism, minor mode for Jewish angst--both
If the major language domesticates life, then a minor mode of languaging affirms and enhances life, and sees dignity in life's unruliness.
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Here Hazlewood did his level best to explain the emotions behind the music, and it has to be said that the polished performance conjured up met the anticipations that Hazlewood had roused, with the slow movement seemingly aching to slip into the minor mode but unable to do so.
"What passed for authentic Turkish style was music written in the minor mode, incorporating strong rhythmic pulsations and involving exotic percussive effects," Hurwitz says.
Burns presents a systematic examination of the four modes frequently encountered in Bach's chorales: the Phrygian and Mixolydian, as the most distant from tonal practice, are discussed first, followed by the Dorian and Aeolian, where the overlap with the modern minor mode is always evident.