Hypodorian mode


Hypodorian mode

The hypodorian mode, literally meaning 'below dorian', is a musical mode or diatonic scale of ancient Greece that was based upon the dorian tetrachord: a series of rising intervals of a semitone followed by two whole tones. The rising scale for the octave is a single tone followed by two conjoint dorian tetrachords. This is the same as playing all the white notes of a piano from A to A: A | B C D E | (E) F G A. Confusingly, this scale in mediaeval and modern music theory came to be known as the aeolian or minor mode.

The mediaeval music scholars, misunderstanding the Latin texts by Boethius of how the Greek modes were reckoned, used the term "hypodorian" to describe the second mode of church music. This mode is the plagal counterpart of the authentic first mode, which was dubbed "dorian". The ecclesiastical hypodorian mode is based on the relative scale of 'white notes' from D to D, with the musical dominant, the reciting note, or "tenor" at the minor third on the scale (or F, in the D to D scale). The melodic range of the ecclesiastical hypodorian mode ranges from the perfect fourth below the tonic to the perfect fifth above.


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  • hypodorian mode — /huy poh dawr ee euhn, dohr , hip oh , huy poh , hip oh /, Music. a plagal church mode represented on the white keys of a keyboard instrument by an ascending scale from A to A, with the final on D. [ < LL hypodori(us) ( < Gk hypodórion) + AN; see …   Universalium

  • mode — mode1 /mohd/, n. 1. a manner of acting or doing; method; way: modern modes of transportation. 2. a particular type or form of something: Heat is a mode of motion. 3. a designated condition or status, as for performing a task or responding to a… …   Universalium

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  • hypodorian — / döˈri ən/ adjective 1. (Gr hypodōrios) below the Dorian 2. Applied in ancient Greek music to a mode whose upper tetrachord is the lower tetrachord of the Dorian (as: a; b c d e; e f g a), and in old church music to a plagal mode extending from… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • ecclesiastical mode — noun any of a system of modes used in Gregorian chants up until 1600; derived historically from the Greek mode • Syn: ↑Gregorian mode, ↑church mode, ↑medieval mode • Hypernyms: ↑mode, ↑musical mode * * * noun : an ascen …   Useful english dictionary

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