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 - John - Goodreads
A good read and excellent explanation of the complexities of different temperaments, with just the right amount of maths, and some amusing anecdotes along the way. I think he overstates his case ... Read full review
Review: How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (And Why You Should Care)User Review - Angie - Goodreads
If you really care about intonation, this is the book for you. And if you're like me, an amateur musician who cares a little about intonation, but is also fascinated by the science of harmony, this is ... Read full review
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