Dorian mode


Definition of Dorian mode

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
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 tenor entry 1 sense 2a) and D as its final (see final entry 2 sense c) — see church mode illustration

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First Known Use of Dorian mode

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Dorian mode

translation of Greek dōria harmonia

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“Dorian mode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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