Ukrainian Dorian scale

Ukrainian Dorian mode on C.  Play 

In music, the Romanian Minor scale or Ukrainian Dorian scale or altered Dorian scale[1] is a musical scale or mode, "similar to the dorian mode, but with a tritone and variable sixth and seventh degrees".[2] It is related to both the Freygish and Misheberak scales and is used in Jewish music, "predominant in klezmer bulgarish and doina (doyne)."[1] "When the Ukrainian Dorian scale functions in the synagogue, it is a mode known as the Mi sheberach (May He Who Blessed) or Av horachamim (Compassionate Father). Arab and Greek scholars give other names to the scale: Hijaz and Aulos, respectively."[3]

"The pitches of the Mi Shebeyrekh [cantorial] mode correspond roughly to a Dorian mode with a raised fourth (for example, B, C, D, E, F, G, A); alternately, it could be described as a variant of the Lydian mode, deriving instead from the harmonic minor scale, rather than from the major scale. Beregovski calls this pitch collection 'Ukrainian Dorian'."[4]

The Ukrainian Dorian scale is used particularly extensively within Julian Cochran's music including the Romanian Dances and Mazurkas. [5] It has also been used by George Gershwin.[2] Another example is the Bert Kaempfert tune "Sweet Maria".[6]

Also called the Ukrainian minor scale, it is a combined typed of musical scale. It figures prominently in Eastern European music, particularly Klezmer music, and melodies based on this scale have an exotic, romantic flavor for listeners accustomed to more typical Western scales.

A Ukrainian minor scale in the key of C would proceed as follows: C D E F G A B.
A Ukrainian minor scale in the key of B would proceed as follows: B C D E F G A.
Its step pattern is w - h - + - h - w - h - w, where w indicates a whole step, h indicates a half step, and + indicates an augmented second, which looks like a minor third on a keyboard but is notationally distinct.

Chords that may be derived from the scale based on B are Bm, C#7, D, E#dim7, F#m, G#m7b5 and Aaug. This scale is obtainable from the harmonic minor scale by starting from the fourth of that scale. Said another way, the B Ukrainian minor scale is the fourth mode of the F# harmonic minor scale.

Misheberak scale

Misheberak scale on D.  Play 

The Misheberak scale or altered Dorian, the fourth mode of the harmonic minor scale, is a musical scale featuring an unusual key signature.[7] It is used in Jewish music and Romanian music.[7] Also called Mi sheberach (May He Who Blessed),[8] Av horachamin (Compassionate Father),[8] Mi Shebeyrekh, and Misheberach. The main chords are i, bIII, and II.[9]

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  1. 1 2 Idelsohn (1929). Jewish Music in Its Historical Development and Beregovski (Russian- and Yiddish-language articles) cited in Slobin, Mark (2002). American Klezmer, p.123,n.56. ISBN 978-0-520-22718-7.
  2. 1 2 Pollack, Howard (2006). George Gershwin: His Life and Work p.46. ISBN 978-0-520-24864-9.
  3. Gottlieb, Jack (2004). Funny, it doesn't sound Jewish, p.221, n.65. ISBN 978-0-8444-1130-9.
  4. Slobin (2002), p.23, n.6 and [17]. [sic]: On p.101 Slobin incorrectly describes raising the scale degree of the minor scale, though correctly lists G-A-B-C-D-E-F-G.
  5. Melisa Burkitt (2011). Julian Cochran: Fünf Mazurken für Klavier, Calaméo.
  6. Gottlieb (2004), p.135-36.
  7. 1 2 Hunter, Dave (2005). Play Acoustic, p.226. ISBN 978-0-87930-853-7.
  8. 1 2 Gottlieb, Jack (2004). Funny, it doesn't sound Jewish, p.65. ISBN 978-0-8444-1130-9.
  9. Dick Weissman, Dan Fox (2009). A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation: Guitar Edition, p.130. ISBN 978-0-7866-0751-8.

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