authentic mode


: a church mode (such as Phrygian or Mixolydian) whose ambitus comprises approximately the octave above the final (see final entry 2 sense c)
An authentic mode is based on its Final or lowest note …Rupert Hughes, The Musical Guide, 1903
compare plagal mode see church mode illustration

Word History

First Known Use

1740, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of authentic mode was in 1740

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“Authentic mode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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