minstrel: Re: minstrel 12/8 time signature
yarrowp at mscd.edu
Fri Feb 3 11:31:06 PST 2006
The rhythmic modes were numbered, just as the melodic modes were.
They are sometimes given names derived from poetry, as follows with
approximate equivalents in 6/8 time.
Mode I: trochaic quarter eighth quarter eighth
Mode II: iambic eighth quarter eighth quarter
Mode III: dactylic dotted quarter eighth quarter
Mode IV: anapestic eighth quarter dotted quarter
Mode V: spondaic dotted quarter dotted quarter
Mode VI: tribachic eighth eighth eighth eighth eighth eighth
Bear in mind that the rhythmic modes were considered obsolete by the time of
the Ars Nova movement in the 14th century, so by no means all medieval music
subscribed to them.
For slightly more information:
Or a bit more:
From: minstrel-bounces at pbm.com [mailto:minstrel-bounces at pbm.com] On Behalf
Of Scott Vaughan
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 9:41 AM
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Subject: minstrel: Re: minstrel 12/8 time signature
It is my understanding that composers/collectors of medieval music did not
really think in terms of "time signatures" as we do today. They were
in terms of rhythmic modes - patterns of rhythm which often seem syncopated
our modern ears. The middle-eastern patterns that Vivien mentioned is a
So now, I think the important question is, are there names for medieval
modes, like middle-eastern rhythms, or western *harmonic* modes?
Master Efenwealt Wystle (aka Scott Vaughan)
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