Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard
A major third consists of 9 different notes (2018)
The composition was commissioned by the Nordic Saxophone Festival and was performed by 30 saxophonists from across Europe in March 2018.
The major third is a keystone in western music theory and is artificially high pitched according to the tempered scale which is heavily embedded within western culture as well.
In this composition the major third is approached from a microtonal perspective hereby exposing the cultural aspects of the major third.
Usually the major third covers an interval which can be subdivided into 5 halftones. In this case the major third is subdivided into 9 micro-tones, which generates interference, and makes the composition a bodily experience.