How do you FEEL about Church Modes.  

The time is here again…students preparing for a theory exam.  One of the questions for Advanced (known as RCM Level 7) will be about identifying Church modes.  The PDF is a quick glance on remembering the 7 modes. Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian. CHURCH Modes

First of all, what are they?  Modes, the scales in which all medieval and Renaissance music was written.  After 1600 two of the above modes, known today as the major (Ionian) and minor (Aeolian) modes, were used almost exclusively until the late 1800’s.  The arrangement of modal patterns of whole steps and half steps.

Interesting note:  Plato, the philosopher thought that male students play and hear music in the Dorian mode.  That’s because he thought it to be manly and warlike.  The Lydian mode was related mostly to girls. Even in listening to music today we think as songs being written in a major key (happy) or a minor key (sad.)  With modes, each mode had its own inner meaning, or on how it made you feel. Many folk songs are modal…for example, “The Drunken Sailor,” “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen…”   The revival of folk songs has brought back the interest in modal music once again.

Following The YouTube presentation will help you KNOW how to tackle this question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDumQSRvhx0