hypophrygian


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hypophrygian

(ˌhaɪpəˈfrɪdʒɪən)
adj
(Historical Terms) (in medieval church music) of or relating to the fourth of the eight scales
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Hildegard, for example, draws often upon the mysterious aspects of Modes III and IV (much later referred to as Phrygian and Hypophrygian modes) for her most spiritual poetry, whereas the brighter Mode VII is often reserved for joyful texts.36 Many modern editions indicate editorial suggestions for raised or lowered intervals to preserve the appropriate mode.
On another occasion, however, while analysing the First Spirit's 'Torn'a l'ombre di morte' in Act IV of Orfeo, he mentions - quoting Kircher's opinion - the highly expressive character of the Hypophrygian mode (p.