How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)
"A fascinating and genuinely accessible guide....Educating, enjoyable, and delightfully unscary."—Classical MusicWhat if Bach and Mozart heard richer, more dramatic chords than we hear in music today? What sonorities and moods have we lost in playing music in "equal temperament"—the equal division of the octave into twelve notes that has become our standard tuning method? Thanks to How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony, "we may soon be able to hear for ourselves what Beethoven really meant when he called B minor 'black'" (Wall Street Journal).In this "comprehensive plea for more variety in tuning methods" (Kirkus Reviews), Ross W. Duffin presents "a serious and well-argued case" (Goldberg Magazine) that "should make any contemporary musician think differently about tuning" (Saturday Guardian). Some images in the ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues.
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HOW EQUAL TEMPERAMENT RUINED HARMONY: and Why You Should CareUser Review - Kirkus
Duffin (Music/Case Western Reserve Univ.; Shakespeare's Songbook, 2004) sets out to challenge the modern perception that equal temperament is the only way to tune an instrument for performance.This is ... Read full review
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Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and the ensuing mass production of musical instruments, equal temperament-the practice of dividing an octave into 12 equally proportioned half-steps-has ... Read full review
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