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Scale 1951: "Marygic"

Scale 1951: Marygic, Ian Ring Music Theory

Bracelet Diagram

The bracelet shows tones that are in this scale, starting from the top (12 o'clock), going clockwise in ascending semitones. The "i" icon marks imperfect tones that do not have a tone a fifth above. Dotted lines indicate axes of symmetry.

Tonnetz Diagram

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Tonnetz diagrams are popular in Neo-Riemannian theory. Notes are arranged in a lattice where perfect 5th intervals are from left to right, major third are northeast, and major 6th intervals are northwest. Other directions are inverse of their opposite. This diagram helps to visualize common triads (they're triangles) and circle-of-fifth relationships (horizontal lines).

Common Names

Zeitler
Marygic

Analysis

Cardinality

Cardinality is the count of how many pitches are in the scale.

9 (nonatonic)

Pitch Class Set

The tones in this scale, expressed as numbers from 0 to 11

{0,1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10}

Forte Number

A code assigned by theorist Alan Forte, for this pitch class set and all of its transpositional (rotation) and inversional (reflection) transformations.

9-5

Rotational Symmetry

Some scales have rotational symmetry, sometimes known as "limited transposition". If there are any rotational symmetries, these are the intervals of periodicity.

none

Reflection Axes

If a scale has an axis of reflective symmetry, then it can transform into itself by inversion. It also implies that the scale has Ridge Tones. Notably an axis of reflection can occur directly on a tone or half way between two tones.

none

Palindromicity

A palindromic scale has the same pattern of intervals both ascending and descending.

no

Chirality

A chiral scale can not be transformed into its inverse by rotation. If a scale is chiral, then it has an enantiomorph.

yes
enantiomorph: 3901

Hemitonia

A hemitone is two tones separated by a semitone interval. Hemitonia describes how many such hemitones exist.

7 (multihemitonic)

Cohemitonia

A cohemitone is an instance of two adjacent hemitones. Cohemitonia describes how many such cohemitones exist.

5 (multicohemitonic)

Imperfections

An imperfection is a tone which does not have a perfect fifth above it in the scale. This value is the quantity of imperfections in this scale.

2

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformations of this scale. This number does not include the scale itself, so the number is usually one less than its cardinality; unless there are rotational symmetries then there are even fewer modes.

8

Prime Form

Describes if this scale is in prime form, using the Rahn/Ring formula.

no
prime: 991

Deep Scale

A deep scale is one where the interval vector has 6 different digits.

no

Interval Vector

Describes the intervallic content of the scale, read from left to right as the number of occurences of each interval size from semitone, up to six semitones.

[7, 6, 6, 6, 7, 4]

Interval Spectrum

The same as the Interval Vector, but expressed in a syntax used by Howard Hansen.

p7m6n6s6d7t4

Distribution Spectra

Describes the specific interval sizes that exist for each generic interval size. Each generic <g> has a spectrum {n,...}. The Spectrum Width is the difference between the highest and lowest values in each spectrum.

<1> = {1,2,3}
<2> = {2,3,4}
<3> = {3,4,5}
<4> = {4,5,6}
<5> = {6,7,8}
<6> = {7,8,9}
<7> = {8,9,10}
<8> = {9,10,11}

Spectra Variation

Determined by the Distribution Spectra; this is the sum of all spectrum widths divided by the scale cardinality.

1.778

Maximally Even

A scale is maximally even if the tones are optimally spaced apart from each other.

no

Maximal Area Set

A scale is a maximal area set if a polygon described by vertices dodecimetrically placed around a circle produces the maximal interior area for scales of the same cardinality. All maximally even sets have maximal area, but not all maximal area sets are maximally even.

no

Interior Area

Area of the polygon described by vertices placed for each tone of the scale dodecimetrically around a unit circle, ie a circle with radius of 1.

2.683

Polygon Perimeter

Perimeter of the polygon described by vertices placed for each tone of the scale dodecimetrically around a unit circle.

6.038

Myhill Property

A scale has Myhill Property if the Interval Spectra has exactly two specific intervals for every generic interval.

no

Balanced

A scale is balanced if the distribution of its tones would satisfy the "centrifuge problem", ie are placed such that it would balance on its centre point.

no

Ridge Tones

Ridge Tones are those that appear in all transpositions of a scale upon the members of that scale. Ridge Tones correspond directly with axes of reflective symmetry.

none

Propriety

Also known as Rothenberg Propriety, named after its inventor. Propriety describes whether every specific interval is uniquely mapped to a generic interval. A scale is either "Proper", "Strictly Proper", or "Improper".

Improper

Common Triads

These are the common triads (major, minor, augmented and diminished) that you can create from members of this scale.

* Pitches are shown with C as the root

Triad TypeTriad*Pitch ClassesDegreeEccentricityCloseness Centrality
Major TriadsC{0,4,7}442.07
D♯{3,7,10}342.36
G♯{8,0,3}342.21
A{9,1,4}342.29
Minor Triadscm{0,3,7}342.14
c♯m{1,4,8}342.21
gm{7,10,2}242.64
am{9,0,4}342.21
Augmented TriadsC+{0,4,8}442
Diminished Triadsc♯°{1,4,7}242.43
{4,7,10}242.43
{7,10,1}242.71
{9,0,3}242.57
a♯°{10,1,4}242.57
Parsimonious Voice Leading Between Common Triads of Scale 1951. Created by Ian Ring ©2019 cm cm C C cm->C D# D# cm->D# G# G# cm->G# C+ C+ C->C+ c#° c#° C->c#° C->e° c#m c#m C+->c#m C+->G# am am C+->am c#°->c#m A A c#m->A D#->e° gm gm D#->gm g°->gm a#° a#° g°->a#° G#->a° a°->am am->A A->a#°

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Above is a graph showing opportunities for parsimonious voice leading between triads*. Each line connects two triads that have two common tones, while the third tone changes by one generic scale step.

Diameter4
Radius4
Self-Centeredyes

Modes

Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 1951 can be rotated to make 8 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 3023
Scale 3023: Mothygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMothygic
3rd mode:
Scale 3559
Scale 3559: Thophygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThophygic
4th mode:
Scale 3827
Scale 3827: Bodygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBodygic
5th mode:
Scale 3961
Scale 3961: Zathygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryZathygic
6th mode:
Scale 1007
Scale 1007: Epitygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryEpitygic
7th mode:
Scale 2551
Scale 2551: Thocrygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryThocrygic
8th mode:
Scale 3323
Scale 3323: Lacrygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryLacrygic
9th mode:
Scale 3709
Scale 3709: Katynygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryKatynygic

Prime

The prime form of this scale is Scale 991

Scale 991Scale 991: Aeolygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeolygic

Complement

The nonatonic modal family [1951, 3023, 3559, 3827, 3961, 1007, 2551, 3323, 3709] (Forte: 9-5) is the complement of the tritonic modal family [67, 193, 2081] (Forte: 3-5)

Inverse

The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 1951 is 3901

Scale 3901Scale 3901: Bycrygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBycrygic

Enantiomorph

Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 1951 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 3901

Scale 3901Scale 3901: Bycrygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryBycrygic

Transformations:

T0 1951  T0I 3901
T1 3902  T1I 3707
T2 3709  T2I 3319
T3 3323  T3I 2543
T4 2551  T4I 991
T5 1007  T5I 1982
T6 2014  T6I 3964
T7 4028  T7I 3833
T8 3961  T8I 3571
T9 3827  T9I 3047
T10 3559  T10I 1999
T11 3023  T11I 3998

Nearby Scales:

These are other scales that are similar to this one, created by adding a tone, removing a tone, or moving one note up or down a semitone.

Scale 1949Scale 1949: Mathyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMathyllic
Scale 1947Scale 1947: Byptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryByptyllic
Scale 1943Scale 1943, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1935Scale 1935: Mycryllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryMycryllic
Scale 1967Scale 1967: Diatonic Dorian Mixed, Ian Ring Music TheoryDiatonic Dorian Mixed
Scale 1983Scale 1983: Soryllian, Ian Ring Music TheorySoryllian
Scale 2015Scale 2015: Messiaen Mode 7, Ian Ring Music TheoryMessiaen Mode 7
Scale 1823Scale 1823: Phralyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhralyllic
Scale 1887Scale 1887: Aerocrygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAerocrygic
Scale 1695Scale 1695: Phrodyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryPhrodyllic
Scale 1439Scale 1439: Rolyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRolyllic
Scale 927Scale 927: Gaptyllic, Ian Ring Music TheoryGaptyllic
Scale 2975Scale 2975: Aeroptygic, Ian Ring Music TheoryAeroptygic
Scale 3999Scale 3999: Dydyllian, Ian Ring Music TheoryDydyllian

This scale analysis was created by Ian Ring, Canadian Composer of works for Piano, and total music theory nerd. The software used to generate this analysis is an open source project at GitHub. Scale notation generated by VexFlow, graph visualization by Graphviz, and MIDI playback by MIDI.js. Some scale names used on this and other pages are ©2005 William Zeitler (http://allthescales.org) used with permission.

Pitch spelling algorithm employed here is adapted from a method by Uzay Bora, Baris Tekin Tezel, and Alper Vahaplar. (An algorithm for spelling the pitches of any musical scale) Contact authors Patent owner: Dokuz Eylül University, Used with Permission. Contact TTO

Tons of background resources contributed to the production of this summary; for a list of these peruse this Bibliography. Special thanks to Richard Repp for helping with technical accuracy.