Category:Tonus peregrinus

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One psalm tone, used only for psalm 113, "In exitu Israel", didn't fit the system. It had two parts with different reciting tones. It was not given any mode, and was named the "tonus peregrinus" (pilgrim's tune). It may have come from Byzantine chant or some other Middle Eastern tradition older than Gregorian chant. A very similar tune is used for the same psalm in Yemenite Jewish liturgy, and the fall of a tone between the two reciting tones is still current in the music of the Syrian Orthodox Church. And there are several variants of the Gregorian Tonus Peregrinus from different parts of Europe. Its sequence of pitches is D minor authentic. A variant of it (with a rising ending) is the chant of the Teutonic Knights in Prokofiev's music for Eisenstein's film "Alexander Nevsky" - this has now found an even wider audience on soundtracks for computer games.
--Jack Campin, "Scales and Modes in Scottish Traditional Music"


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