Thursday, August 04, 2005

Scaling Masada

Fred Kaplan writes about John Zorn's Masada in this week's Forward. His description of the "Jewish scales" is incorrect. "Ahava Raba" (also called "freygish") has a flatted second and sixth. The seventh can be major or minor depending on the melody. "Misheberakh" has a raised fourth, but the sixth is natural.