Dr. Creser was first led to use Tonic Sol-fa by noticing how easy it made the minor mode.
In putting it at the end of a melancholy psalm he showed his sense of the value of the minor mode.
A good practical test is to see what becomes of such passages when translated into the minor mode.
Lest this should become monotonous a musician played a melody in the minor mode and not without a strange haunting charm.
Let us take a concrete example: the change from the major to the minor mode carries with it a change of sentiment.
The minor mode is that of keys in which the tonic triad and one other cardinal triad are minor.
The minor mode—a song-instinct of the Welsh, if not of the whole Celtic family of nations, is their rural inheritance.
The third appeal, in measures 247-253, is rendered most pathetic by being expressed in the minor mode.