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Byzantine Chant

873 bytes added, 12:57, May 13, 2016
The name of the modes are proper nouns, and ought to be capitalized. I also added a little more background behind the cycle of the tones.
==General Information==
===Liturgical Cycle of the Modes===The current usage of Byzantine chant Chant is built upon eight modes (tones), each mode with its own specific tonality. The modes change sequentially from week to week, starting the Monday after the [[Sunday of St. Thomas]], with mode 1. Within [[Bright Week]] itself, the mode changes each day, thus: :Sunday – mode 1, :Monday – mode 2, :Tuesday – mode 3, :Wednesday – mode 4, :Thursday – mode plagal of the first (5), :Friday – mode plagal of the second (6), :Saturday – mode plagal of the fourth (8).
Within [[Bright Week]] itself, the mode changes each day, thus: :Bright Sunday – First Mode (1), :Bright Monday – Second Mode (2), :Bright Tuesday – Third Mode (3), :Bright Wednesday – Fourth Mode (4), :Bright Thursday – Plagal of the First Mode (5), :Bright Friday – Plagal of the Second Mode (6), :Bright Saturday – Plagal of the Fourth Mode (8).  The grave mode Grave Mode (7) was chosen as the mode to be left out due to its heavier sound, considered least appropriate for the festal period among the eight modes. Since [[Pentecost]] falls on the Sunday when the grave mode would have been used in the normal sequence, the mode is once again skipped and the hymns of Pentecost are used. The sequence resumes the following week with plagal Plagal of the fourthFourth Mode (8).
In the time between a [[Great Feasts|great feast]] and its [[Leavetaking|leave-taking]], for example, during the week following Pentecost, the hymns of the feast are chanted rather than the hymns pertaining to the mode of the week.
The corresponding mode of the week starts with Great Vespers on Saturday Evening, which is the Great Vespers service commemorating Christ's Resurrection on Sunday. Therefore, typically the Kekragarion (Lord I Have Cried & Let My Prayer Arise), the following verses, the Stichera of the Resurrection and the Aposticha of the Resurrection all correspond to the tone of the week. Great Vespers is also dismissed with the Apolytikion (Troparion) of the Resurrection in the appropriate tone of the week. Orthros and the Divine Liturgy on Sunday likewise follow the Tone of the week. Services starting with Sunday Vespers to the end of the week all rely on whatever daily commemoration and festal commemoration is called for in the liturgical rubrics.
===The scale===

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