The Charm of Impossibilities 2 : Sympathy for the Devil’s Interval

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The musical interval of a tritone (augmented 4th, or diminished 5th) is the most enigmatic of the intervals, and as such, has been given a bum rap, in my opinion. In the days of “early music” pre-Renaissance, the tritone was referred to as the “Devil’s interval”, and was forbidden for a time, at least in church music. Nowadays the interval is well accepted and used, but it is still interesting to explore why on earth anyone would have ever associated this interval with “the devil”.

But right there, we should take note. If the church didn’t like it, it must be magic. There must be some power in it, otherwise they wouldn’t bother condemning it.

And i do notice also, that music that contains a lot of tritones doesn’t usually tend to become as popular as music that keeps the tritone in its “proper position”, so to speak, in other…

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