Hypophrygian mode

noun Hy·po·phrygian mode

Definition of Hypophrygian mode

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of hypophrygian mode

hypophrygian (from Late Latin hypophrygius hypophrygian—from Greek hypophrygios, from hypo- + phrygios Phrygian, from Phrygia, ancient country in west central Asia Minor—+ English -an) + mode; translation of Greek hypophrygia harmonia


First Known Use: 1712


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