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Why does the third perek of Eicha have a different melody? Is it just to match the triplet form of the words?

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Note that not all communities use the alternate tune. –  Double AA Jul 29 '12 at 18:46
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Yeah, I hadn't heard of that before I read this. –  Dov F Jul 29 '12 at 19:26
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Here is one tune people use. –  jake Jul 29 '12 at 20:18
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I heard this for the first time last night. I thought it was an anomaly since each chapter had a different reader. –  WAF Jul 29 '12 at 21:10
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@jake Here is another. –  Double AA Jul 29 '12 at 22:17
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There are those that do Chapter 3 with a different tune due to its different rhythm.

http://www.masorti.org.il/uploads/uploads/MegilatEichaSample.pdf

פרק ג׳ הוא 'קינה אישית' למעט באותיות נ׳ וס׳, המנוסחות בלשון רבים. שאר הקינות מדברות על גורלו המר של העם הסובל מחורבנו ומחורבן ארצו, עירו ומקדשו. נגינת הטעמים של 'איכה' אף היא מלנכולית ומזכירה בכי ונהי. יש הנוהגים לקרוא את פרק ג׳ במנגינה אחרת, בגלל המקצב השונה שלו.‏

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I must say you are not who I was expecting to post our first pluralistic post. –  Double AA Jul 31 '12 at 18:54
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