How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (And Why You Should Care)

ISBN-10: 0393334201
ISBN-13: 9780393334203
Edition: 2008
Authors: Ross W. Duffin
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

"A fascinating and genuinely accessible guide....Educating, enjoyable, and delightfully unscary."--Classical Music What 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 toHow 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). 48 illustrations.

Ross W. Duffin, the Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University, is the author of the award-winning Shakespeare's Songbook. He lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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