church mode definition

  • noun:
    • any one of eight scales of medieval songs, each distinguished by its closing note, its arrangement of pitches in intervals, as well as its range.
    • any of a method of settings used in Gregorian chants up until 1600; derived historically from Greek mode
    • Any of eight machines of medieval music, each distinguished by its closing note, its arrangement of pitches in intervals, and its own range.
    • any of a system of settings found in Gregorian chants up until 1600; derived typically through the Greek mode
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