Angela Thirkell and Mixolydians

Roger Burton West roger at
Sun Aug 29 05:52:07 EDT 2004

On Sat, Aug 28, 2004 at 08:23:35PM -0500, Margaret Ball wrote:

>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.

If you just have a random set of notes, you can't; but a normal piece of
music often starts on the root note of the scale, and certainly spends
a fair bit of time on or near it.

Hope this helps; I haven't done music theory for a few years now...

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