Beth Gazo D-ne`motho
The Treasury of Chants
Music of the Syrian Orthodox church music employs a modal system consisting of eight ecclesiastical modes, analogous to the eight-mode Gregorian chant system. The modes are basically numbered from 1 to 8, respectively. According to this system, each qolo (plural qole), or hymn, comes in the eight different modes. Some modes have variants of there own - only the skilled can master such variants.
The modal cycle consists of eight weeks. The ecclesiastical year starts with Qudosh `Idto (The Consecration of the Church), a feast observed on the eighth Sunday before Christmas. The first mode is sung on this day. The following Sunday makes use of the second mode and so on until the Sunday before Christmas when the eighth mode is used. The cycle then repeats itself. Some of the more significant holy days and feasts have fixed modes. These are described in the Guide to the Eight Modes.
During the weekly offices, known in Syriac by the name Shhimo,
the 1st and 5th modes are paired together, so are
the 2nd and 6th, 3rd and 7th,
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