Dorian mode

noun

Definition of Dorian mode

  1. 1 :  an ancient Greek mode consisting of two disjunct tetrachords represented on the white keys of the piano by a descending diatonic scale from E to E — see greek mode illustration

  2. 2 :  an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a diatonic scale from D to D with A as its tenor (see 1tenor 2a) and D as its final (see 2final c) — see church mode illustration

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Origin and Etymology of dorian mode

translation of Greek dōria harmonia


First Known Use: 1667


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