A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Dorian
DORIAN, or DORIC, the first of the authentic" church modes or tones, from D to D, with its dominant A—
It resembles D minor, but with B♮ and no C♯. Many of the old German chorales were written in this mode, such as 'Vater unser'; 'Wir glauben all'; 'Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam'; 'Christ lag in Todesbanden.' For longer compositions see Orlando Lasso's 5-part motet 'Animam meam,' in Commer's 'Musica sacra,' viii. No. 20, and the fugue in Bach's well-known Toccata (Dörffel, No. 818), marked 'Dorisch.'