Phrygian mode
Phrygian Phryg"i*an, a. [L. Phrygius, Gr. ?, fr. ? Phrygia, a country of Asia Minor.] Of or pertaining to Phrygia, or to its inhabitants. [1913 Webster]

{Phrygian mode} (Mus.), one of the ancient Greek modes, very bold and vehement in style; -- so called because fabled to have been invented by the Phrygian Marsyas. --Moore (Encyc. of Music).

{Phrygian stone}, a light, spongy stone, resembling a pumice, -- used by the ancients in dyeing, and said to be drying and astringent. [1913 Webster]


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  • Phrygian mode — The Phrygian mode can refer to two different musical modes or diatonic scales: the ancient Greek Phrygian mode and the Mediaeval Phrygian mode. The modern form of the Phrygian mode in use is based on the latter. It is also known in Arabic and in… …   Wikipedia

  • phrygian mode — noun Usage: usually capitalized P 1. : one of seven diatonic octave species in ancient Greek music consisting of two disjunct tetrachords represented on the white keys of the piano by a descending diatonic scale from D to D see greek mode… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Phrygian mode — Music. an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of a keyboard instrument by an ascending scale from E to E. [1800 10] * * *       in music, third of the eight medieval church modes. See church mode. * * * …   Universalium

  • Phrygian mode — noun Music the mode represented by the natural diatonic scale E–E (containing a minor 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Phrygian mode — /ˈfrɪdʒiən moʊd/ (say frijeeuhn mohd) noun (in music) a mode which can be represented by a scale of an octave of white keys on the piano from E to E …   Australian English dictionary

  • Phrygian Gates — is a piano piece written by minimalist composer John Coolidge Adams in 1977 1978.The piece, together with its smaller companion China Gates is what is considered Adams opus one . They are, according to his own claims, his first compositions… …   Wikipedia

  • Phrygian — can refer to: *A person from Phrygia *Phrygian cap once characteristic of the region * Phrygian language *Phrygian mode in music * Phrygian Valley, a historic location in northwestern Turkey …   Wikipedia

  • Phrygian — Phryg i*an, a. [L. Phrygius, Gr. ?, fr. ? Phrygia, a country of Asia Minor.] Of or pertaining to Phrygia, or to its inhabitants. [1913 Webster] {Phrygian mode} (Mus.), one of the ancient Greek modes, very bold and vehement in style; so called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Phrygian stone — Phrygian Phryg i*an, a. [L. Phrygius, Gr. ?, fr. ? Phrygia, a country of Asia Minor.] Of or pertaining to Phrygia, or to its inhabitants. [1913 Webster] {Phrygian mode} (Mus.), one of the ancient Greek modes, very bold and vehement in style; so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Phrygian — late 15c., native of Phrygia, region in ancient Asia Minor; Phrygian mode in Greek music theory is from 1570s (it was held to be of a warlike character ). Phrygian cap (1796) was the type adopted by freed slaves in Roman times, and subsequently… …   Etymology dictionary

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