rhythmic modes
(RITH-mik moedz)


[Eng.]


A Medieval concept by which rhythmic patterns were regulated, chiefly applied to music of the 12th and 13th centuries. There were six modes which served as a basis for much of the Medieval polyphony.

Mode
Original Notation
Meaning
Poetic Symbols
Modern Equivalent
Mode I Rhythmic Mode I long-short Long poetic markShort poetic mark Quarter noteEighth note
Mode II Rhythmic Mode II short-long Short poetic markLong poetic mark Eighth noteQuarter note
Mode III Rhythmic Mode III long-short-short Long poetic markShort poetic markShort poetic mark Dotted quarter noteEighth noteQuarter note
Mode IV Rhythmic Mode IV short-short-long Short poetic markShort poetic markLong poetic mark Eighth noteQuarter noteDotted quarter note
Mode V Rhythmic Mode V long-long-long Long poetic markLong poetic markLong poetic mark Dotted quarter noteDotted quarter noteDotted quarter note
Mode VI Rhythmic Mode VI short-short-short Short poetic markShort poetic markShort poetic mark Eighth noteEighth noteEighth note


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