Phrygian mode

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(Mus.) one of the ancient Greek modes, very bold and vehement in style; - so called because fabled to have been invented by the Phrygian Marsyas.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The Doric, Lydian, and Phrygian modes, owing to their combination of basic rhythms, were regarded as able to express various moods (Laban 182).
Again, akin to the Arabic nawahand music form, fado alternates between minor and Phrygian modes.
Phrygian modes: What you get when you leave your theory assignment in the freezer.
The tonal materials in the work as a whole are governed by a series of tonal centers in rising fifths, combined with alternating Lydian and Phrygian modes. To illustrate: the opening section, measures 1-113, is based on the Lydian mode on A.