Piece number 48 (volume 2) again merges tradition and modernity with a rollicking mixolydian
melody in 5/4 meter.
There are many improvisation games to choose from (see Jeff Agrell's book Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians), but one of my favorites to do is the "drone + melody." Let's say our weekly key area is G, and our mode is G Mixolydian
. We are going to take turns with one person playing the drone (sustained tonic pitch) and the other playing a simple, usually stepwise, melody in G Mixolydian
This song is the one I feel is most typical of my harmonic writing, in terms of the scales I use; the harmonic language with the Lydian and Mixolydian
around free tonal centers (this one is basically around D)." (8)
Exceptional among them are the Missa super Mixolydium, drawing upon Handl's own invention and only respecting the Mixolydian
mode, and the Missa canonica, which could be performed either by four voices or in the version for eight voices and two choirs.
I now have a chord structure and a scale--the mixolydian
mode beginning on G.
The seven major modes include Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian
, Aeolian, and Locrian, beginning on C, D, E, F, G, A, and B, respectively.
(73) Tune 4 (Mr Locldey) is set in a major scale (Ionian mode), as is Jim Copper's; whereas tune 1 (Mr Ackhurst) could be described as major with an inflected upper seventh (or Mixolydian
with sharpened lower seventh!).
With the movement away from the diatonic scale and the widespread use of modes in popular music (e.g., mixolydian
in jazz), people of all ages are now accustomed to more colourful tonality and more complicated rhythms.
Like the excessive musicjargon salad ("Lifeson's repeating arpeggiated figure outlining an A-major chord with an added 11th is set against different bass notes from the Mixolydian
scale"), the dissertationese lightens as it goes, but for the first couple of chapters the reader has to turn the pages with a forklift.
Thus, both the mournful Mixolydian
and Syntono-lydian harmoniai, and the 'slack' (chalarai) Iastian and Lydian are rejected from the Socratic city-state.
David Minyimak's songs sometimes use modes with a major third above the tonic (Mixolydian
, Lydian and Ionian modes).