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Tune Analysis: D Dorian, Heptatonic, Mainly Authentic (3 Cs dip blow the keynote).
 
Tune Analysis: D Dorian, Heptatonic, Mainly Authentic (3 Cs dip blow the keynote).

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Link to Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian and Aeolian: Samples and Examples of the 4 Main Musical Scales in Celtic, Anglo-American and English Folk Songs [[1]]


The notes of the Dorian mode in tonic solfa are sung as “re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do, re”. The D Dorian notes are D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D’ and you get this scale on a piano when you play upwards from D to D’ on the white keys. Note the distribution of the tone and semitone intervals in this scale:

D-(TONE)-E-(SEMI-TONE)-F-(TONE)-G-(TONE)-A-(TONE)-B-(SEMI-TONE)-C-(TONE)-D’

The Dorian scale is the same as the Mixolydian scale except that the third note is flattened by a semitone. To convert a Mixolydian to a Dorian key signature, add a flat to, or remove a sharp from, it. Likewise, to convert a Dorian to a Mixolydian key signature, remove a flat from, or add a sharp to, it.

To convert a Dorian to an Ionian key signature add 2 sharps to, or remove 2 flats from, it. Likewise, to convert an Ionian key signature to a Dorian key signature, add 2 flats to, or remove 2 sharps from, it.

Below you will find a sample of tunes in the Dorian scale.


01 Henry Martin (Cecil J. Sharp, 1916, One Hundred English Folk Songs)

Link: 01_Henry_Martin

Tune analysis: Key signature is D Aeolian but the single B (7th) is naturalised to produce a Dorian scale. Heptatonic, Authentic. If the single B were a Bb the scale would be Aeolian; if it were absent the scale would be a Hexatonic Dorian/Aeolian hybrid.


02 Bruton Town (Cecil J. Sharp, 1916, One Hundred English Folk Songs)

Link: 02_Bruton_Town

Tune Analysis: D Dorian, Heptatonic, Mainly Authentic (3 Cs dip blow the keynote).


Basket of Eggs Version 1 of 2 (GB/6a/17)

Link: https://www.vwml.org/search?q=GB/6a/17&is=1

Tune Analysis: Key signature is E Aeolian but all of the C naturals (7ths) are sharpened to produce a Dorian scale. Heptatonic, Mainly Authentic (2 Ds dip below the keynote).


Bold Thresherman Versions 1 of 2 and 2 of 2 (GB/6a/28 and GB/6a/29)

Links: https://www.vwml.org/search?q=GB/6a/28&is=1 and https://www.vwml.org/search?q=GB/6a/29&is=1

Tune Analysis (both versions): F Dorian, Heptatonic, Mainly Authentic (1 E dips below the keynote).


Bonny Blooming Highland Jane (GB/6a/30)

Link: https://www.vwml.org/search?q=GB/6a/30&is=1#

Tune Analysis: F Dorian, Heptatonic, Mainly Authentic (several Es dip below the keynote). The consistent 5/4 time signature is rather uncommon.


Green Bushes Version 2 of 5 (GB/6a/79)

Link: https://www.vwml.org/search?q=GB/6a/79&is=1#

Tune Analysis: F Dorian, Heptatonic, Mainly Authentic but there are some Es that dip below the keynote.