by Steve Shapiro

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The tritone is defined as a musical interval composed of three adjacent whole tones and can be used to avoid traditional tonality. The tritone is a restless interval, and considered as a dissonance in Western music. The tritone was considered not only an unfit and unpleasing interval by the Church fathers - it was believed to be an evil interval that could adversely affect our character when used in music. It was referred to as Diabolus in Musica, or Devil in Music, and expressly forbidden under Church canon law.

But I kind of like the tritone. We all know it as the first notes of Maria (from Bernstein’s West Side Story), The Simpsons Theme, Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) and countless heavy metal tunes.


released April 27, 2017



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Steve Shapiro Oakland, California

Steve Shapiro has composed music for hundreds of radio and TV commercials, documentary films, infomercials and other TV programs. He was the music director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, which produced hundreds of award-winning educational films and recordings. He has a BA in Music from Brown University and an MA in Music from the Manhattan School of Music. ... more

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