Adonai malakh mode

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Adonai malakh mode on C.[1] About this soundPlay 
Adonai malakh mode on D.

In music, the Adonai malakh scale is a musical mode used in Jewish music.

"Adonai malakh" ("God is King"), a line from Psalm 93, is set using the Adonai malakh scale at the close of the introduction to the Kabalat Shabat (Friday evening synagogue service).[2]

It adds flats as it goes higher, and its pitch set is similar to the Persian Dastgāh-e Māhur and Russian Obikhod scale.

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  1. ^ Gottlieb, Jack (2004). Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish, p.11. ISBN 9780844411309.
  2. ^ Gottlieb (2004), p.122.

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