Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

A Further Look and Listen
The sound of a modal scale is unique and different, and  the RE scale is such a great example of this. There are two anchor pitches for each Mode. Mode 1 has a home tone, or ending tone of RE.  But half way up the scale, we find another important pitch, the reciting tone – LA. 

Now let’s take a look at the first section of the Tempus per Annum Kyrie again.

 The chant begins on LA – the reciting tone, then descends to the home tone – RE, and back up again.  The notes flow between these two anchor pitches, dipping above and below. Other melodies in Mode 1 might have a completely different pattern, but they will include the LA and the RE.

Gregorian chant is a particularly effective instrument for touching the “ear of our heart.”
                                                                                    Dom Jacques Hourlier –
                                                              Reflections on the Spirituality of Gregorian Chant

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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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