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(Greek: "middle")

[John Chalmers, Divisions of the Tetrachord]

The central note of the P.I.S. [Perfect Immutable System]. In Ptolemy's theory, Mese kata thesin, the "Mese by position," the fourth note from the bottom in all scales may have had some of the functions of a tonic in some of the modes. Mese kata dynamin, "Mese by function," the Fourth note of the Dorian Mode in the Dorian Tonos (Key ) may served a reference for relating the other modes and keys to the Dorian.

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[Joe Monzo]

When Latin music theorists employed the Roman alphabet for musical pitch notation, they used the Greek system as their model and named mese "A".

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