Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

by Sr Fidelis


Mode 1 and 2 are related. They both share the same home tone, or final pitch, which is RE.  Look at the example below:
 Beati omnes
Beati Omnes

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.

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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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