Angela Thirkell and Mixolydians

Margaret Ball margaret at
Sat Aug 28 21:23:35 EDT 2004

>  You could tell because of the different patterns of intervals in the 
> scales. Note the difference in the last two intervals in the two patterns

Yes, if somebody's playing the two scales they sound different.  But 
they use the same notes, don't they? If you take the notes out of the 
scale and shake them well, how do you know whether they started as C 
Major or Mixolydian G Major? So I still don't see how you can tell 
whether a piece of music is composed in C Major or Mixolydian G Major.

I never really understood modes at all, as must now be crashingly obvious.

Margaret Ball

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