27/20
Ratio | 27/20 |
Factorization | 2^{-2} × 3^{3} × 5^{-1} |
Monzo | [-2 3 -1⟩ |
Size in cents | 519.55129¢ |
Names | wolf fourth, classic acute fourth |
Color name | g4, gu 4th |
FJS name | [math]\text{P4}_{5}[/math] |
Special properties | reduced |
Tenney height (log_{2} nd) | 9.07682 |
Weil height (log_{2} max(n, d)) | 9.50978 |
Wilson height (sopfr (nd)) | 18 |
Harmonic entropy (Shannon, [math]\sqrt{nd}[/math]) |
~4.24123 bits |
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In 5-limit just intonation, 27/20, the classic acute fourth, is an interval measuring about 519.6 ¢. It differs from the 4/3 perfect fourth by 81/80 (about 21.5 ¢), the syntonic comma. It arises naturally in JI as (for instance) the difference between a 5-limit major third and a stack of five 3/2 perfect fifths, or as the interval between 10/9 and 3/2. In 12edo and meantone systems, this interval would be no different from 4/3, as the syntonic comma is tempered out. 27/20 has been described as a "wolf" interval, implying that it "howls", as compared to simpler intervals within the 5-limit such as 5/4 and 9/8. Although in a 5-limit context it is traditionally avoided, it can be an essential interval in a harmonic context of higher complexity, where it may be admired for its bright and active character and its distinctness from 4/3.