by Sr Fidelis
A Closer Look
First thing to note is the Clef – It is the FA clef, which is unique to Mode II. With the use of the FA clef, the melody sits in the middle of the four line staff, making it easy to read. The Reciting Tone for Mode II is FA. You’ll see that all the FA’s have been circled in green. The Home Tone, circled in red, is RE. The final pitch of the hymn is RE.
The Reciting Tone and Home Tone are very close together – they are separated by just one pitch. This has a narrow range. Yet notice how the notes flow back and forth between these two pitches, rising above and dipping below, to create a beautiful melody that has a pleading quality about it. Try watching these key pitches as you listen to the tune.