Lydian mode


Definition of Lydian mode

1 : an ancient Greek mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a descending diatonic scale from C to C — see greek mode
2 [translation of Medieval Latin modus Lydius] : an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a diatonic scale from F to F with C 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 Lydian mode

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Lydian mode

translation of Greek harmonia lydia

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“Lydian mode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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