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

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

Description

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 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).


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Details

Author(s)
Ross W. Duffin
Format
Paperback | 208 pages
Dimensions
140 x 208 x 15mm | 170g
Publication date
17 Oct 2008
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0393334201
ISBN13
9780393334203
Bestsellers rank
84,620