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The meaning of the Modal Framework in the Singing of Religious Hymns by Christian Arabs in Israel

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
In: 
Yuval Studies of The Jewish Music Research Centre
Publisher: 
The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University
Place of Publication: 
Jerusalem
Year: 
1971
Series: 
Yuval Studies
Volume: 
2
Pages: 
23-58
Languages: 
English
Country / Area: 
Israel
Description: 

For the discussion of a modal framework of the Christian Arabs in Israel - termed "Lachan", 230 melodies were examined each sung at least twice by 28 research participants. The most constant factor when defining the "Lachan" by all the research participants were the central notes which are included in the typical musical motives. The central notes divide the Lachan's scale to smaller typical groups trichords, tetrachords and pentachords. The intonation of some of the Lachan's scales is complex but interesting. A unifyed scale system of all the "lachan"s (such as that of Gregorian modes) is absent and differs among the research participants. However the differences are restricted within "tonal skeletons".

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