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.

See also: Phrygian

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The e Phrygian scale operative here is E F G A B C D.
The Phrygian scale follows the Dorian by lowering the second scale degree.
The final scene, in which an ensemble member enacts Martin Luther King Jr.'s orating while facing away from the audience on a podium above Gandhi (who sings a Phrygian scale thirty times or so), is one of the most hypnotic things I have ever seen presented onstage.
From the continuity of ic-4 relationship, we can begin to understand the climax of the passage at measure 18: a C Phrygian scale in the right hand (parent scale A[flat] Ionian) is juxtaposed with an A Lydian scale in the left hand (parent scale E Ionian): yet again an ic-4 relationship.