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Re: Key signatures in modes other than Ionian & Aeolian

From: Thomas Morley
Subject: Re: Key signatures in modes other than Ionian & Aeolian
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:43:49 +0200

2018-04-16 21:18 GMT+02:00 Peter Crighton <address@hidden>:
> Hello all,
> my question is not exclusive to LilyPond, but I hope you can enlighten me
> anyway.
> I am transcribing a song in D Mixolydian and am wondering which key
> signature to notate it in – d \mixolydian (because that is the mode it is
> in) or d \major (because a D major chord clearly is the tonic of the song).
> I’d rather notate it in d \mixolydian, which seems correct to me, but might
> it be easier to read (especially for non-professional musicians) in d \major
> just with a natural sign before every c?
> What is everyone doing in such a case? Any experiences which is easier to
> read? Also, could the style of music matter? In Early Music I’d be even more
> inclined to notate in d \mixolydian, but in this case it is a pop song where
> people might only expect to see major or minor keys.
> Curious to hear what you all think.
> Thanks,
> Peter

If it's really D Mixolydian, go for `d \mixolydian'. D-major would be
simply wrong and confusing.

My 2cts,

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