Definition of Phrygian mode in English:

Phrygian mode


  • The mode represented by the natural diatonic scale E–E (containing a minor 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th).

    • ‘A favourite tale was that of a young man so aroused by a melody in the Phrygian mode that he was on the point of breaking into a young woman's room, when a change to the Hypophrygian mode restored him to a proper frame of mind.’
    • ‘Pike also notes the extensive use of the Phrygian mode in this madrigal, which seems to be consistent with its Classical Greek theme.’