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We start on sol and use sol-la-si/ti. We have two finalis: sancti ends on sol but amen ends on la. The recitation is la. Hypophrygian, I think, has recitation tone la with mi as finalis. But I cannot find the mode for this simple melody. In modern music we would say that Signum Crucis starts on Do abd end on do with amen ending on re which is not an ending tone.  What mode is this?

  • Can you provide the URL for the page instead of the image? It's possible this was an input error in the database of melodies. I mean an error with the final neume. Maybe it is supposed to be a step lower? – Michael Curtis Mar 12 '19 at 16:06
  • There have been a few VsTC, but I think this question isn't a "basic analysis question", even though it's identification of a mode. – user45266 Mar 13 '19 at 4:20
  • @Michael Curtis it's unlikely to be a mistake. It is a common melodic formula in Gregorian chant. – phoog Mar 13 '19 at 5:59
  • @Phoog, I think if you explain that common melodic formula in an answer it would be helpful. I only have cursory knowledge of plainchant. I saw a few examples of a podatus ending above the final, but most were a step below - meaning they stepped up to the final. I don't know the style well enough to explain. – Michael Curtis Mar 13 '19 at 12:43
  • @MichaelCurtis I am working on an answer but it will probably take a few days to put together. I'm a bit rusty on chant. It would be better if someone with greater familiarity could answer. – phoog Mar 13 '19 at 14:52

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