Compound intervals

Compound intervals are intervals larger than an octave. In the next table are compound intervals with their corresponding simple (smaller than an octave) intervals.

Compound interval Simple interval
major ninth (M9) major second (M2)
major tenth (M10) major third (M3)
perfect eleventh (P11) perfect fourth (P4)
perfect twelfth (P12) perfect fifth (P5)
major thirteenth (M13) major sixth (M6)
major fourteenth (M14) major seventh (M7)
perfect fifteenth (P15) perfect octave (P8)

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