Originally posted by pianoloverus: Yes, I think that's right because I use that scale when playing Hava Nagila(which is mentioned in the Wiki article). [/b]
Do you know Alexander Krein's version of Hava Nagila, from his incidental music to a play by Peretz in 1925? It's really neat and shows very well why the mode is sometimes called "Phrygian Dominant." Because of the half-step at the bottom and the augmented second which seems like a leading tone, the first four notes of a freygish scale sounds very much like the top four notes of a harmonic minor scale. In other words, the tonic of a freygish scale sounds like the dominant of a minor scale.
Krein's music is fascinating, because at the end, in the first ending, he lands very solidly on a G minor chord. We think that this is the tonic, right, g minor? But then it returns to the opening theme of Hava Nagila, which is in D freygish. It sounds at first like the dominant of G, but then it sounds really exotic as a new sort of tonic.
Oh, and I have to mention measure 5 - neapolitan 7th clashing with the tonic! Pretty wacky stuff. It\'s the second piece in this score, although the two pieces are tied together