Topic: Tunings, Temperaments, and Scales

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Math and structure in music: the Circle of Fifths

Music theory Tunings, Temperaments, and Scales

In music theory, the circle of fifths (or circle of fourths) is the relationship among the 12 tones of the chromatic scale, their corresponding key signatures, and the associated major and minor keys. More specifically, it is a geometrical representation of relationships among the 12 pitch classes of the chromatic scale in pitch class space.

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