By Sr. Fidelis
Today is the Funeral for one of our older sisters, Sister Christina. She requested that the simple Requiem Mass be chanted. The Kyrie is a perfect example of Mode 6—the next in our brief “tour” of the Modes and their characteristics. Mode 6 has a narrow range, reciting on LA with a home tone of FA. As we can see (and hear) in the opening Kyrie, the melody passes seamlessly between these structure pitches. We often see the flattened TI, or TAU, in Mode 6 pieces as well. The opening motive is often described as a sigh or lament.