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Our three major modes are Ionian, Lydian, and Mixolydian. The Roman numerals for these are: Ionian I ii iii IV V vi vii° Lydian I II iii ♯iv° V vi vii Mixolydian I ii iii° IV v vi ♭...
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Help me figure out the mode of this Howard Shore piece

Aaron sort of hinted at this in comments already, but note that an entire piece doesn't have to be in a single "mode," and even a small section of piece may not conform to a specific mode. ...
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"Tonal Tones" and "Modal Tones" - what do they mean?

Wow, those two columns seem pretty pointless, seeing as they are completely the same everywhere except when they’re blank. It seems like it must be referring to the fact that it’s the 2nd, 3rd, 6th ...
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Using the Circle of Fifths for Modal Music Key Changes: Is this oversimplifying?

You're confusing keys with the modes of a key. And you're confusing what is 'easy' to do with what is interesting to do. 'Easy' can be bland. Yes, if you're in C major (or one of its modes) it's ...
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Popular examples of the ♭III in modern rock music?

The I - III♭ chord progression in rock is so common, we could probably spend the rest of the year citing examples. It occurs in a certain metal song about some man made of the chemical element Fe, ...
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Going from ♭VI to I

The chord you are referring to is the ♭VI, F, not the VI, which would be F♯ in the key of A major. This is one of several chords that are commonly borrowed from the parallel minor, in this case ...
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Chords within harmonic minor. Naming problem

Your answer for V7 is perfectly fine, the bottom row doesn’t contradict it, it just has additional information: namely, that if a 9th is added to the harmony it would be a minor ninth. (Actually, I ...
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Chord progression question

Call that F♯maj7 rather than G♭maj7 and it starts to make more sense! I'm hearing F♯ as the tonal centre. It's not a functional progression. Just F♯maj7 approached by a couple of similar-shaped ...
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Using the Circle of Fifths for Modal Music Key Changes: Is this oversimplifying?

The circle of fifths is showing us what keys are most closely related. Keys that are adjacent have all but one note in common. This means that modulating from one key to an adjacent one will have a ...
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In what way is music considered to be in a mode when accidentals seemingly contradict the mode?

Find the editor of your edition, and ask him (if he is still alive). If you look at this collection on IMSLP, the two early editions say nothing about modes. In fact Forkel's MS has a key signature ...
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In what way is music considered to be in a mode when accidentals seemingly contradict the mode?

While the guest answer makes some useful points about the edition, it doesn't really address the broader question (or Fux). The basic answer to this is that the modern set of scales taught as "modes" ...
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Character Tones in Modal Jazz

Character tones are those that most easily give away the character or harmonic nature of the mode. If your tonic i.e. home note is D, and if that's the only note that's played, it does not taste like ...
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Character Tones in Modal Jazz

You don't have to force yourself in finding patterns you won't need. I would keep it simple, and split the modes between minor and minor, based on their 3rd degree. Let's keep locrian aside for a ...
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Chords within harmonic minor. Naming problem

I think you are just missing the symbols/naming for the half diminished seventh chord: half diminished seventh m7b5 viiø7 A circle with a slash means "half diminished seventh" which really involves ...
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Defining new commands in Lilypond (for koron symbol)

When you are defining a non-musical piece of script you often have to wrap it in a markup. Nesting markups is fine. I don't know what version you are running, but this seems to work in version 2.19: ...
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Is there a standard set of cadences designed for the seven modes?

There is not just one modal style. Do you mean Medieval modal, modal folk, modal jazz, modal rock? I'll address two. In terms of standards, the clausula vera is the standard cadence in Medieval modal ...
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Using the Circle of Fifths for Modal Music Key Changes: Is this oversimplifying?

I am incredibly happy to stumble upon your post, as I have been working out my own theory of modal harmony using similar principles to the ones you described in your original post. I must object with ...
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Which chords belong to a mode?

To try to simplify with an answer- Each mode has a parent key. Let's take C Dorian as a first example. Its parent key is Bb. All the notes found in C Dorian are also in Bb major. So it should come as ...
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Is it possible to find the mode of the borrowed chord?

If it's just that isolated V chord that is borrowed, then no, I don't see any way to determine whether that chord is borrowed from Ionian or Lydian. (It won't be borrowed from Locrian, because the ...
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What would this scale be? Is it something Eastern?

This is just the A minor blues scale with an added major seventh.
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Why does the modal system approach to jazz sometimes fail?

Aebersold and Berklee have a lot to answer for! They formalised a system of improvisation that was teachable and testable. But they gave a generation of players the idea that this was THE way to ...
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Going from ♭VI to I

...justified with theory... "Explained with theory" would be a better approach. Really basic progressions like IV V or I IV are easy enough to explain in isolation, because they are such common ...
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Chords within harmonic minor. Naming problem

The VII chord will be spelled (in key Am) G♯, B, D and F; making it VIIdim7. G♯dim. The V chord will be spelled (in key Am) E, G♯, B, D, making it E7. Can't see where the ♭9 ...
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Which scales should I play over Beatrice Jazz standard?

The key, generally, is to make sure that the scale(s) you pick contain the chord tones as you go through the changes. The non-chord tones are less important, but may be influenced by surrounding ...
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Names of different definitions of key

I would recommend Brian Hyer's famous chapter "Tonality" in The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory. In it, he lists eight uses of the term tonality; I'll highlight just a few: An ...
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Is this an example of musica ficta?

I would say this is almost certainly to be understood as a ficta B♭. In fact, there's even a saying that applies to this exact scenario: "Una nota supra la semper est canenda fa." ("A ...
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Who invented modal Jazz?

There's no specific name as to who exactly invented modal jazz but the elements of modal play have always been there in jazz. Jazz borrows a lot of influences from different traditions including ...

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