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When the "Color Melodic 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 pitch of the preceding note.

The melodic interval formed by a note with respect to the note preceding plus the harmonic interval formed between a note's pitch and the root of its accompanying chord determines a note's emotional complexion within a composition.

Since a melodic interval that is expanded by adding any number of octave intervals to it has a similar melodic quality to the smaller melodic interval which fits within the span of an octave. we reuse color asignments for intervals larger than an octave, trusting that the larger interval sized can be sensed by noticing the enormous vertical distance between two succeeding notes.

The melodic 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

Octave: black
b9 (b9th): brown
9 (9th): green
b10 (b10th):dark blue
10 (10th): light blue
11 (11th): purple
#11 (#11th): magenta
12 (12th): red
b13 (b13th): blue-green
13 (13th): tan
#13 (augmented 13th) :gold
14 (14th): silver-blue

15 (15th): double octave

Last update: Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 11:09 AM.