Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

 
The FA Modes

Modes 5 and 6 are the FA Modes because they both share the same Home Tone – FA.

You’ll notice that the half steps in the FA scale shown below, have been marked with a caret.  Listen for this sound as you sing along with the cantors.

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Another interesting thing to note is that the FA scale sounds more familiar to our ears, than the RE and MI scales.  It’s closer to the DO or Major Scale with the exception of the half step between TI and DO, which comes a step later than we’re used to hearing. I think you’ll agree it has a major sound to it!
 
The reciting tone for Mode 5 is DO. The chant “snippet” is taken from a familiar antiphon.  You’ll notice it has a “bright”, major sound.
 
 
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About Sr. Fidelis

I am 46 years old, and have been a Sister at the Community of Jesus for 26 years. Having grown up here, I have been singing Gregorian chant since I was 10! I was very blessed to study Gregorian chant with Dr. Mary Berry in Cambridge, England and here at home. Recently, I have been able to do some radio and tv interviews, sharing about the blessings of Gregorian chant. I love leading chant workshops, and have been able to do that in the US and abroad.

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