Mode VIII

By Sr. Fidelis

Mode VIII is the most prolific of all the modes when it comes to antiphons!  Mode VIII has a Reciting Tone of DO and shares the same Home Tone as Mode VII, which is SOL.  Mode VIII  pieces have a “major”  sound to them because of the range of the modal scale they use.  Our example this week is taken from the Easter Office of Lauds.”But the Angel answering, said to the women:  Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus, alleluia.” (Matthew 28:5)

A look at our antiphon shows us many things.  The opening intonation outlines the key structural pitches, SOL and DO.  There is recitation on the DO on “Nolite timere” at the beginning of the second line.  This piece reminds us of Mode VII (which recites on RE), as it rises in several spots above the DO to the upper pitch, reminding us that these modes are closely related, linked by their shared Home tone.

Respondens autem Angelus

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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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