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Encyclopedia > Quarter tone scale

A quarter tone is an interval half as wide (aurally, or logarithmically) as a semitone, which is half a whole tone.


In equal temperament the quarter tone is 50 cents or 21/24 or 1.029302236643. In 24 tone equal temperament, or the quarter tone scale, it is the smallest step. In just intonation it is often 36:35 or 34:33.


Many composers are known for having written music including quarter tones or the quarter tone scale, including:

Many musical genres and cultures use quarter tones or the quarter tone scale, including:

List of quarter tone pieces


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Musical tuning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1293 words)
It is impossible to tune the twelve-note chromatic scale so that all intervals are "perfect"; many different methods with their own various compromises have thus been put forward.
To do this, eleven perfect fifths in each octave are flattened by a quarter of a syntonic comma, with the remaining fifth being left very sharp (such an unacceptably out-of-tune fifth is known as a wolf interval).
From this the heptatonic scales consisting of minor, neutral, and major seconds of maqamat are chosen, this system was first promoted by al-Farabi using a 25 tone scale.
Quarter tone scale - definition of Quarter tone scale in Encyclopedia (120 words)
A quarter tone is an interval half as wide (aurally, or logarithmically) as a semitone, which is half a whole tone.
In equal temperament the quarter tone is 50 cents or 2
In 24 tone equal temperament, or the quarter tone scale, it is the smallest step.
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