Quarter tones divide the octave by 50 cents each, and have 24 different pitches. Quarter tone has its roots in the music of the Middle East and more specifically in Persian traditional music. See List of quarter tone pieces.
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Microtonal music , music using tones in intervals that differ from the standard semitones half steps of a tuning system or scale. In the division of the octave established by the tuning system used on the piano, equal temperament , the smallest interval e. There are thus 12 equal semitones, or 1, cents, to the octave; these in sequence constitute the chromatic scale. Western tuning systems that were more common before about divided the octave into semitones of varying size.
As a composer and teacher , I often have the chance to explore areas of music and musical notation with which I am unfamiliar. We decided to start our exploration with the concept of quarter tones. As so often is the case, the resulting study benefitted me as much as my student.