TABLE 2.

Percentage of Tunes in Each Database with Five or Fewer Pitches

Number of Scale DegreesB & M
(N = 6,210)
Essen
(N = 6,214)
Meertens Ins.
(N = 1,960)
Meertens Vocal
(N = 4,040)
7-1278.6%89.1%89.4%92.5%
514.2%8.6%7.5%5.4%
45.4%1.8%2.8%1.3%
31.4%0.5%2.6%0.7%
20.2%0%0%0.04%
10.06%0%0%0%

Note: The Folksong databases actually contain a higher percentage of pieces with more than five pitches, and the art song dataset (Barlow & Morgenstern, 1948) contains a higher percentage of melodies containing only five pitches.