Music 418-24: In the Mode

For piano

Most will be familiar (at least in name) with Major and Minor Scales. But there are lots of other scales besides those. Some are called Modes, but are basically the same thing as a scale. Modal Music was the music of the Ancient Greeks and of the Early Church.

Here are seven pieces for piano each based on a different mode. The pieces are named after the names of each mode used.

The fourth piece here – called after the Locrian Mode – is one that some advise never to use as it’s very dissonant. I couldn’t resist, but “cheated” a tiny bit by adding a few non-modal notes!

1. Dorian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
2. Ionian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
3. Lydian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
4. Locrian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
5. Mixolydian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
6. Aeolian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
7. Phrygian The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.

8 thoughts on “Music 418-24: In the Mode

  1. badfinger20 (Max)

    I’m just a dime-store musician…I’m lost in what mode…I do know what a scale is on a guitar so I guess it would translate… but I can tell you what I like.

    Ionian is by far my favorite. I love the tone of it also.
    The rest are in this order… Aeolian, Mixolydian, Lydian, Phrygian, Dorian, Locrian

    Great pieces Bruce once again.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks so much for reviewing them Max and for commenting. My favorite I think is the Lydian – is used for abstract ethereal things like clouds and fluffy things! I made things sound a bit like I’m a know-all but I was really just doing something that I found interesting! I knew that Locrian would be the least liked!

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