Definition of Lydian mode in English:

Lydian mode


  • The mode represented by the natural diatonic scale F–F (containing an augmented 4th).

    • ‘It works pretty well until we encounter a B-natural in the final declaration of ‘Happy Birthday,’ suggesting a brief flirtation with the Lydian mode.’
    • ‘Gangloff moves over to the tambouria for a full exploration of the Lydian mode - the mode you get if you play a scale from the 4th note of a major scale.’
    • ‘Every leading Classical composer, through Brahms, always used the Lydian mode and its Mozart treatment of Bach's Royal Theme, as a reference point of composition.’