Hypolydian mode

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Definition of Hypolydian mode

1 : an ancient Greek mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a descending diatonic scale from F to F — see greek mode
2 : a plagal church mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a diatonic scale from C to C with A as its tenor (see tenor entry 1 sense 2a)and F as its final (see final entry 2 sense c) — see church mode illustration

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First Known Use of Hypolydian mode

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Hypolydian mode

Late Latin hypolydius hypolydian (from Greek hypolydios, from hypo- + lydios Lydian) + English -an; hypolydian mode, translation of Greek hypolydios tonos

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“Hypolydian mode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hypolydian%20mode. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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