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A Study In Racial And National Music, With Sample Sheet Music & Lyrics.

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diatonic major and minor scales were recorded, besides the songs which were set down as of mixed or vague tonality. They were (i) the major scale, with the seventh depressed a semitone, i.e., flatted; (2) the major scale, without the seventh or leadings-tone; (3) the major scale, without the fourth; (4) the major scale, without either seventh of fourth (the pentatonic scale); (5) the minor scale, with a raised or major sixth; (6) the minor scale, without the sixth, and (7) the minor scale, with the raised seventh— the so-called harmonic minor. Their variations or aber­rations shall occupy our attention in the next chapter. For the majority of them I have,found prototypes in African music, as appears from the specimens printed in this chapter.
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