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the melody

1. the melody

1.2. the tetrachord
1.3. the contour
1.4. the inner rhythm


Eduard Toldrà: "Cançó per a fer dormir l'Eduard" - Christmas 1958

The three permutations of the Greek diatonic descending tetrachords:


In the song "A muntanya" there is a clear example of the use of the two tetrachord modes lydian and phrygian. The very effective approach creates a sense of equilibrium between tension and relaxation:

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Eduard Toldrà: "A muntanya" - beginning - 1947

A clear example of the use of the dorian mode tetrachord:

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Eduard Toldrà: "La fageda d'en Jordà" (sardana) - llargs - 1925

A very delicate moment of the use of the phrygian mode tetrachord.

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Eduard Toldrà: "Cançó de bressol" (from the song cycle A l'ombra del lledoner) - 1924

Notice that this example of the use of the phrygian tetrachord appears also on the song written for his grandson in 1958 (first example).  So there is a nice concordance with this little Lullaby (probably written while contemplating his daughter sleeping) and the one written for his grandson. Two beautiful coincident moments.


1.3. the contour

Stepwise Motion examples

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Eduard Toldrà: "Menta i Farigola" - 1915