I made a few modal playlists so you can get the sound of the modes in your ear. The tunes are a mix of pre-1600 and traditional. There's a bias toward pieces with just a melody and accompaniment, since I think it's easier to get a feel for the mode that way. Enjoy!
The medieval modes are as close as we get to scales in pre-common-practice music (that is, music prior to 1600 or so). They aren’t really scales, though. To start, let’s look at the diatonic scale. It’s what modern scales are built on, and what the medieval modes are built on. The diatonic scale is this [...]
At St. Cecilia this year, my friend, Master Christian, gave me some sheet music he believed I'd be interested in. It was a three part piece by Thomas Morley, from his book, A Plain and Easy Introduction to Practical Music. Basically, Morley used the ABC song of the time to demonstrate counterpoint. The top-line [...]