Ionian mode


Definition of Ionian mode

: a Renaissance church mode represented as a diatonic scale from A to A on the white keys of the piano with G as its tenor (see tenor entry 1 sense 2a) and C as its final (see final entry 2 sense c) — see church mode illustration

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First Known Use of Ionian mode

1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Ionian mode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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