It was a conscious construction, an amalgam of Middle Eastern melismata and rhythms, Renaissance modality , and, oddly enough, Baroque counterpoint.
the harmony had a touch of modality
In English, such verbs have largely replaced the subjunctive mood, and three kinds of modality can be distinguished for them.
They inhabit some idiosyncratic space between harmony and modality , neither more one than the other.
There's a feeling of Renaissance modality to it - church music, if you will, without the official prayer.
The ‘could’, as I said, involves some other modality .
In this way the phenomenological reality of the spiritual modality of being could be demonstrated scientifically.
Laparoscopy can be used as a diagnostic modality in situations where the cause of abdominal pain is not known.
The language is a kind of chromatically-flavored modality (very suited to the opening chant) that Barber moved to in his late period.
Secondly, all the various kinds of modality can be expressed (some more idiomatically than others) without the use of the modal verbs.