One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The mode represented by the natural diatonic scale A–A (containing a minor 3rd, 6th, and 7th).
- ‘Once Ionian and Aeolian modes became favored modes, the other modes fell quickly out of favor.’
- ‘If you play the Aeolian mode over the top of this, the results might not be quite what you expected.’
- ‘One way to think about the Aeolian mode is to consider the Aeolian mode and Ionian mode the same.’
- ‘You added notes to these chords that made them specific to the Dorian mode, rather than the Aeolian mode.’
- ‘The Aeolian mode takes a G sharp at cadences, and has many characteristics in common with the modern minor scale.’
Late 18th century: from Latin Aeolius, ‘from Aeolis’ (an ancient coastal district of Asia Minor) + -an.
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