Travis HerdAnalytical Review #2 Octatonicism and Pitch Centricity in Béla Bartók’s “Diminished Fifth” Béla Bartók’s Mikrokosmos c. Béla Bartók. Diminished Fifth, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 4/), Sz/4/, BB / Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Pitch Axes in “Diminished Fifth” by Bartók. By Mark Feezell, Ph.D. Inspiration for parts of this thought process: Lendvai, Antokoletz.

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TT is traditionally defined as a musical interval composed of three whole tones.

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Diminished Fifth, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 4/101), Sz.107/4/101, BB 105/101

Six dances in bulgarian rhythm 5. The tritone was also exploited heavily in that period as an interval of modulation for its ability to evoke a strong reaction by moving quickly to distantly related keys. The ear only desires the tritone to be resolved upwards when it is bigger than the middle of the octave.

A tritone is also commonly defined as an interval spanning six semitones.


Since this work was first published after with the prescribed copyright dimiinished, it is unlikely that this work is public domain in the USA. Retrieved 16 March The other obvious place that the diminished fifth is used is the last chord of the piece, where the opening motive returns, starting M.

Form and Analysis: Bartok – Diminished Fifth – Mikrokosmos, No. , Vol. IV

Allegro non troppo G mixolydian, 33 bars I wonder how we’re supposed to analyze the harmony Theodor Philipp Calvisius, Six dances in bulgarian rhythm 2. Allegretto D mixolydian, 28 bars Chords together and in opposition. Later, with the rise of the Baroque and Classical music era, composers accepted the tritone, but used it in a specific, controlled way—notably through the cifth of the tension-release mechanism of the tonal system.

Allegretto mosso 36 bars Allegretto F lydian, 32 bars Just the opposite—aurally one wants to enlarge it to a minor sixth.

Moderato E phrygian, 28 bars Six dances in bulgarian rhythm 6. Studies in double notes Allegro C major, 9 bars Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. Variations on a folk tune. Allegro 23 bars 64b.

Mikrokosmos, Sz.107 (Bartók, Béla)

Thirds against a single voice. Vivace E mixolydian, 28 bars In 31 equal temperamentfor example, the A4 is Melody divided, Andante G lydian, 30 bars.


In a chromatic scalethe interval between any note and the previous or next is a semitone. Andantino, piacevole C minor, 22 bars The unstable character of the tritone sets it apart, as discussed in [28] [ Paul Hindemith.

Tritone – Wikipedia

Volume 1 6 unison melodies 1. According to this definition, with the twelve notes of a chromatic scale it is possible to define twelve different tritones, each starting from a different note and ending six notes above it. American Institute of Musicology, Best I could do!

Moderato D lydian, 25 bars Volume 5 Although all diminisshed them span six semitones, six of them are classified as augmented fourth s, and the other six as diminished fifths. Con moto G major, 17 bars 64a. These apparently contradictory aural experiences become understandable when the cents of both types of just tritones are compared with those of the true tritones and then read ‘crossed-over’.

Allegro molto A phrygian, 29 bars Non troppo vivo A major, 44 bars Allegro D major, 8 bars 43b.