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HOPI SONGS
COURSE OF TONE: MANA
Argument. A tetrad (f'-dV-b-a) contracted upward to a major tri­chord (f'-d'e'-b) gives place to triads (g'-dV-b, b-(ga)g-e(de)).
The wailing irregularity of Mana gives it a place apart in the series. It presents disjecta membra of this music, a passion in tatters.
Two major triads appear, separated by a semitone (g'-e'-c': b-ga-e), the upper alternating with a major trichord (f'-d'e'-c'); and on other lips this or some other structure might be more definite. The present performance chiefly impresses by imaging in the contracted span of some movements the attitude of sorrow, and in the violence or aban­donment of others its bearing.
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