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No, they are not considered consonant in all music cultures. The perception of consonance and dissonance can be different among cultures. The same interval can be perceived (and labeled) differently by different cultures. This is influenced by many factors (and the harmonic series is not the only one!) For example, in medieval times major thirds were ...


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Octaves and fifths are very prominent physical properties of sound-making objects. The octave is the first harmonic, the fifth is the 2nd harmonic. Very closely related: the octave is what you get from halving the length of a string, the 5th is one-third. This means that you hear the octave and the fifth prominently within single notes, even for primitive ...


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Octaves and fifths will usually be consonant in any music culture, simply because that's the intervals their tuning systems is based on. In traditional western music this is Pythagorean tuning. Thirds only appear as ditones in that system, and they are so sharp they're normally considered dissonant. Thus styles such as Gregorian chant avoid them. You might ...



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