Sunday, February 15, 2015

Examples of atnah close to the beginning or end of a verse.

From today's lesson for the transfiguration 2 Kings 2:1-12. The harmonic strategy for prolonging the first half of the verse includes the use of the reciting note on the sixth note of the scale, and the oscillation between tonic and dominant repeatedly prior to the rest on the subdominant. Even the implied A-minor with the third on top does not give this spelling of the subdominant its character of rest.

Here in Obadiah is another example with a rest very near the beginning of the first verse and a long recitation until finally returning to the tonic at the and of verse 1.