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    Default the tritone: who used it first?

    Bach or someone else before him?
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    Who knows? What do you mean by "used", though? It appears in Maj 7th chords, does that count? Or do you mean melodically? And harmonically it functions a bit differently depending on the tuning system. In modern, equal tempered scales, the tritone helps make modulations so smooth and easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    Who knows? What do you mean by "used", though? It appears in Maj 7th chords, does that count? Or do you mean melodically?
    yes, melodically. I know that Bach used it, I'm not sure if it was used before him, even because of the different tuning systems that made it way less "manageable" compared to the tritone we know today. And I'm not sure about the difference for the tritone between the well temperament and the equal temperament.
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    It was used in medieval music, and contra to popular lore, was not deemed to be Satanic

    http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/harmony/tritone.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    It appears in Maj 7th chords, does that count?
    Not to be overly nitpicky, but I assume you mean Dominant 7th chords.

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    Yes, but the question clearly was, who first used it as their doorbell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereality View Post
    Yes, but the question clearly was, who first used it as their doorbell?
    Count Dracula. .............

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