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Scale 2573: "Pulian"

Scale 2573: Pulian, 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

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




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

5 (pentatonic)

Pitch Class Set

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


Forte Number

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


Rotational Symmetry

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


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.



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



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

enantiomorph: 1547


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

2 (dihemitonic)


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

0 (ancohemitonic)


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.



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.


Prime Form

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

prime: 91


Indicates if the scale can be constructed using a generator, and an origin.


Deep Scale

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


Interval Structure

Defines the scale as the sequence of intervals between one tone and the next.

[2, 1, 6, 2, 1]

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.

<2, 2, 3, 1, 1, 1>

Interval Spectrum

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


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

Spectra Variation

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


Maximally Even

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


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.


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.


Polygon Perimeter

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


Myhill Property

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



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.


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.



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".


Heteromorphic Profile

Defined by Norman Carey (2002), the heteromorphic profile is an ordered triple of (c, a, d) where c is the number of contradictions, a is the number of ambiguities, and d is the number of differences. When c is zero, the scale is Proper. When a is also zero, the scale is Strictly Proper.

(14, 1, 30)

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
Diminished Triads{9,0,3}000

The following pitch classes are not present in any of the common triads: {2,11}

Since there is only one common triad in this scale, there are no opportunities for parsimonious voice leading between triads.


Modes are the rotational transformation of this scale. Scale 2573 can be rotated to make 4 other scales. The 1st mode is itself.

2nd mode:
Scale 1667
Scale 1667: Kekian, Ian Ring Music TheoryKekian
3rd mode:
Scale 2881
Scale 2881: Satian, Ian Ring Music TheorySatian
4th mode:
Scale 109
Scale 109: Amsian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAmsian
5th mode:
Scale 1051
Scale 1051: Gifian, Ian Ring Music TheoryGifian


The prime form of this scale is Scale 91

Scale 91Scale 91: Anoian, Ian Ring Music TheoryAnoian


The pentatonic modal family [2573, 1667, 2881, 109, 1051] (Forte: 5-10) is the complement of the heptatonic modal family [607, 761, 1993, 2351, 3223, 3659, 3877] (Forte: 7-10)


The inverse of a scale is a reflection using the root as its axis. The inverse of 2573 is 1547

Scale 1547Scale 1547: Jopian, Ian Ring Music TheoryJopian


Only scales that are chiral will have an enantiomorph. Scale 2573 is chiral, and its enantiomorph is scale 1547

Scale 1547Scale 1547: Jopian, Ian Ring Music TheoryJopian


In the abbreviation, the subscript number after "T" is the number of semitones of tranposition, "M" means the pitch class is multiplied by 5, and "I" means the result is inverted. Operation is an identical way to express the same thing; the syntax is <a,b> where each tone of the set x is transformed by the equation y = ax + b

Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0 <1,0> 2573       T0I <11,0> 1547
T1 <1,1> 1051      T1I <11,1> 3094
T2 <1,2> 2102      T2I <11,2> 2093
T3 <1,3> 109      T3I <11,3> 91
T4 <1,4> 218      T4I <11,4> 182
T5 <1,5> 436      T5I <11,5> 364
T6 <1,6> 872      T6I <11,6> 728
T7 <1,7> 1744      T7I <11,7> 1456
T8 <1,8> 3488      T8I <11,8> 2912
T9 <1,9> 2881      T9I <11,9> 1729
T10 <1,10> 1667      T10I <11,10> 3458
T11 <1,11> 3334      T11I <11,11> 2821
Abbrev Operation Result Abbrev Operation Result
T0M <5,0> 1673      T0MI <7,0> 557
T1M <5,1> 3346      T1MI <7,1> 1114
T2M <5,2> 2597      T2MI <7,2> 2228
T3M <5,3> 1099      T3MI <7,3> 361
T4M <5,4> 2198      T4MI <7,4> 722
T5M <5,5> 301      T5MI <7,5> 1444
T6M <5,6> 602      T6MI <7,6> 2888
T7M <5,7> 1204      T7MI <7,7> 1681
T8M <5,8> 2408      T8MI <7,8> 3362
T9M <5,9> 721      T9MI <7,9> 2629
T10M <5,10> 1442      T10MI <7,10> 1163
T11M <5,11> 2884      T11MI <7,11> 2326

The transformations that map this set to itself are: T0

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 2575Scale 2575: Pumian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPumian
Scale 2569Scale 2569: Pujian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPujian
Scale 2571Scale 2571: Pukian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPukian
Scale 2565Scale 2565: Pogian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPogian
Scale 2581Scale 2581: Raga Neroshta, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Neroshta
Scale 2589Scale 2589: Puvian, Ian Ring Music TheoryPuvian
Scale 2605Scale 2605: Rylimic, Ian Ring Music TheoryRylimic
Scale 2637Scale 2637: Raga Ranjani, Ian Ring Music TheoryRaga Ranjani
Scale 2701Scale 2701: Hawaiian, Ian Ring Music TheoryHawaiian
Scale 2829Scale 2829: Rupian, Ian Ring Music TheoryRupian
Scale 2061Scale 2061: Morian, Ian Ring Music TheoryMorian
Scale 2317Scale 2317: Odoian, Ian Ring Music TheoryOdoian
Scale 3085Scale 3085: Tepian, Ian Ring Music TheoryTepian
Scale 3597Scale 3597: Wijian, Ian Ring Music TheoryWijian
Scale 525Scale 525, Ian Ring Music Theory
Scale 1549Scale 1549: Joqian, Ian Ring Music TheoryJoqian

This scale analysis was created by Ian Ring, Canadian Composer of works for Piano, and total music theory nerd. Scale notation generated by VexFlow, graph visualization by Graphviz, and MIDI playback by MIDI.js. All other diagrams and visualizations are © Ian Ring. Some scale names used on this and other pages are ©2005 William Zeitler ( 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, and George Howlett for assistance with the Carnatic ragas.