Hypodorian mode

Hy·​po·​dorian mode

Definition of Hypodorian mode

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
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 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 Hypodorian mode

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Hypodorian mode

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

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“Hypodorian mode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hypodorian%20mode. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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