by Sr Fidelis
The reciting tone, FA is only two notes above the home tone. The antiphon, Beati omnes, has what we call a narrow range. All the notes, except one, fall in between these two important pitches. Take a listen to the antiphon which is both simple and graceful. Something else to note: The clef, which looks a bit like an old fashioned telephone receiver, is called the FA clef. We’ve been looking at lots of examples of chant, and the clef most often used is the DO clef. The FA clef is a sure sign that we’re in Mode 2. We’ll be looking at other pairs of modes in the future, each set united by their shared home tone.