Aeolian dominant scale

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Hindu scale
Modes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
Component pitches
C, D, E, F, G, A, B
Number of pitch classes 7
Forte number 7-34
Complement 5-34

The Melodic Major (also known as the Aeolian dominant scale, Olympian Scale, Mixolydian 6 [or 13], Aeolian major, and Hindu Scale [1] [2] ) is the fifth mode of the melodic minor scale. It is named such because it is seen as a justifying the Augmented second in the harmonic major scale, by flattening the 7th, making it closer to the sixth, and thus closing the Augmented Second. Aeolian dominant typically refers to music that uses the scale both ascending and descending, whereas melodic major is used for music that ascends in the major scale and descends in aeolian dominant.

It corresponds to Raga Charukeshi in Indian Classical music.

This scale can also be obtained by raising the third degree of the natural minor scale or lowering the sixth degree of the mixolydian scale.

Aeolian dominant scale

The name melodic major also refers to the combined scale that proceeds as natural major ascending and as Aeolian dominant descending. [3] [ failed verification ]

Aeolian dominant scale

The Mask of Zorro song "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You", was composed in the Aeolian dominant scale mode. It was written by film composer James Horner. [4] [ failed verification ]

The Aeolian dominant scale mode can also be heard in the song Valar Morghulis of the Game of Thrones: Season 2 soundtrack, composed by Ramin Djawadi.

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E is the third note and the fifth semitone of the C major scale, and mi in fixed-do solfège. It has enharmonic equivalents of F♭ [(F-flat) which is by definition a diatonic semitone above E] and D, amongst others.

F is a musical note, the fourth above C or fifth below C. It is the fourth note and the sixth semitone of the solfège. It is also known as fa in fixed-do solfège. It has enharmonic equivalents of E (E-sharp) and G, amongst others.

Sol, so, or G is the fifth note of the fixed-do solfège starting on C. It is the fifth note and the eighth semitone of the solfège. As such it is the dominant, a perfect fifth above C or perfect fourth below C.

F is the seventh semitone of the solfège.

A is the eleventh semitone of the solfege. In some countries it is informally called B.

C (C-sharp) is a musical note lying a chromatic semitone above C and a diatonic semitone below D; it is the second semitone of the solfège. C-sharp is thus enharmonic to D. It is the second semitone in the French solfège and is known there as do dièse. In some European notations, it is known as Cis. In equal temperament it is also enharmonic with B.

B (B-flat) is the eleventh step of the Western chromatic scale . It lies a diatonic semitone above A and a chromatic semitone below B, thus being enharmonic to A, even though in some musical tunings, B will have a different sounding pitch than A. B-flat is also enharmonic to C.

A is the ninth semitone of the solfège.

D (D-flat) is a musical note lying a diatonic semitone above C and a chromatic semitone below D. It is thus enharmonic to C. In the French solfège it is known as re bémol.


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  4. Martin, Jean-Baptiste (2018-06-22). "The Words of James Horner #6: The Mask of Zorro". James Horner Film Music. Retrieved 2021-09-28.