Mixolydian mode


Definition of Mixolydian mode

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

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First Known Use of Mixolydian mode

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Mixolydian mode

mixolydian from Greek mixolydios mixolydian (from mixo- + lydios Lydian) + English -an; mixolydian mode translation of Greek mixolydios harmonia

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“Mixolydian mode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mixolydian%20mode. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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