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Posted By: Jack Campin
10-Apr-16 - 10:22 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Alborada tunes: significance
Subject: RE: Folklore: Alborada tunes: significance
"Alborada" is cognate with French "aubade" and Occitan "albada"/"aubada", meaning a dawn serenade.
In the Galician version, do the different times have specific modes, as they do in Indian music? - I hadn't heard of that sort of idea getting so far west. It's part of the system of correspondences (astrological, humoral, alchemical, musical) that you get in ancient Greek/Arabic science. (Nothing specifically to do with the Celts, of course - that sort of thinking was prevalent right across Europe and Western Asia).
I think the Indian idea is that you get more sharp degrees in the scale as the day goes on - in particular, all the p.m. modes have a sharp fourth.
You hear something similar with the modes used for the call to prayer in Islam. The pre-dawn one can be in saba, which has a flattened octave (at least, that's what I've heard in Turkey - it may not be universal)