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Mixed-interval chord

Mixed-interval chords from the opening to Arnold Schoenberg's Klavierstück Op. 33a[1] (About this sound Play  ).

In music a mixed-interval chord is a chord not characterized by one consistent interval. Chords characterized by one consistent interval, or primarily but with alterations, are equal-interval chords. Mixed interval chords "lend themselves particularly" to atonal music since they tend to be dissonant.[2]

Interval cycles: C1–C4 and C6; feature equal-intervals.

Equal-interval chords are often of indeterminate root and mixed-interval chords are also often best characterized by their interval content.[2] "Equal-interval chords are often altered to make them 'impure' as in the case of quartal and quintal chords with tritones, chords based on seconds with varying intervals between the seconds."[2]


  1. ^ Reisberg, Horace (1975). "The Vertical Dimension in Twentieth Century Music", p.371, Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music, chap. 5, p.362-72. Wittlich, Gary (ed.). Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-13-049346-5.
  2. ^ a b c Reisberg (1975), p.362.
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