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Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
16-Aug-18 - 08:01 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
For a discussion of the major and minor modes in English folk song, there is a chapter in Roud by Julia Bishop. I believe her view is that most English folk tunes were in major modes. It was said that collectors and revivalists liked the minor modes precisely because they felt less usual. Assuming that a song ends on the home note, bellows closed would be major, bellows open minor.