Hypodorian mode

noun Hy·po·dorian mode

Definition of Hypodorian mode

  1. 1 :  an ancient Greek mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a descending diatonic scale from A to A —called also Locrian mode — see greek mode illustration

  2. 2 :  a plagal church mode represented on the white keys of the piano by an ascending diatonic scale from A to A with F 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 hypodorian mode

Late Latin hypodorius hypodorian (from Greek hypodōrios, from hypo- + Dōrios Dorian) + English -an; hypodorian mode, translation of Greek hypodōria harmonia — more at dorian


First Known Use: 1694


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