How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and why You Should Care)
A captivating look at how musical temperament evolved, and how we could (and perhaps should) be tuning differently today.
Ross W. Duffin presents an engaging and elegantly reasoned expos? of musical temperament and its impact on the way in which we experience music. A historical narrative, a music theory lesson, and, above all, an impassioned letter to musicians and listeners everywhere, How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony possesses the power to redefine the very nature of our interactions with music today.
For nearly a century, equal temperament -- the practice of dividing an octave into twelve equally proportioned half-steps -- has held a virtual monopoly on the way in which instruments are tuned and played. In his new book, Duffin explains how we came to rely exclusively on equal temperament by charting the fascinating evolution of tuning through the ages. Along the way, he challenges the widely held belief that equal temperament is a perfect, 'naturally selected'musical system, and proposes a radical reevaluation of how we play and hear music.
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Review: How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (And Why You Should Care)User Review - Tyler Johnson - Goodreads
This is a very interesting topic and the book covered some important aspects of the history and science of tuning. However, there are some very serious structural problems that prevent me from ... Read full review
Review: How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (And Why You Should Care)User Review - John Martin Marks - Goodreads
Persuasive argument, but I was predisposed to being persuaded. Read full review
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