#illomusicfriday 3/4/16: “Village”

This week’s #illomusicfriday word was “Village,” and Eleanor and I decided to go with a fairly standard interpretation. She drew up a town street; I wrote a folk melody and orchestrated it for a group of street performers. Folk songs, particularly in Western cultures, have some interesting and consistent features: simple, repetitive melodies and rhythms; straightforward harmony; often pentatonic or modal scale material. I mixed the last of these a little—parts of the melody are pentatonic, while the end of each phrase has a flatted seventh, making it Mixolydian. But there are also normal sevenths too. It’s an eclectic folk song!


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