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When the "Color Harmonic Intervals" setting is selected in the Workscore Composer webpage, each note in the score is colored to indicate the distance of that note's pitch from the root of it's accompanying chord.

The harmonic interval formed by a note above a chord along with its distance from the previous note in a melody (the note's melodic interval) determines a note's emotional complexion within a composition.

Since a pitch can be transposed any number of octaves without changing its harmonic meaning there are 12 possible harmonic interval names that can be assigned to a note's pitch.

The harmonic intervals are color coded as follows:

Root: black
m2 (minor 2nd): brown
M2 (Major 2nd): green
m3 (minor 3rd):dark blue
M3 (Major 3rd): light blue
P4 (Perfect 4th): purple
#4 (augmented 4th): magenta
P5 (Perfect 5th): red
m6 (minor 6th): blue-green
M6 (Major 6th): tan
m7 (minor 7th) :gold
M7 (Major 7th): silver-blue

Last update: Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 10:43 AM.