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How equal temperament ruined harmony (and why you should care)

Author: Ross W Duffin
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care), author Ross W. Duffin traces the history of musical temperament (the system musicians use to tune their scales) through the ages. Duffin reveals how the division of the octave into twelve equal half steps - what we know as equal temperament - came to hold a virtual monopoly as the only tuning system most of us have ever known. However, as he notes,
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ross W Duffin
ISBN: 0393062279 9780393062274 9780393334203 0393334201
OCLC Number: 70176904
Description: 196 pages : illustrations, music ; 22 cm
Contents: Shouldn't leading notes lead? --
How temperament started --
Non-keyboard tuning --
"How long, O Lord, how long?" --
A bridge to the nineteenth century --
Really better or simply easier? --
Some are more equal than others --
The "Joachim mode" --
"The limbo of that which is disregarded" --
Where do we go from here?
Responsibility: Ross W. Duffin.
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Presents a reasoned expose of musical temperament and its impact on the way in which we experience music. This book, an historical narrative, a music theory lesson, and an impassioned letter to  Read more...

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"[Duffin's] fine book should make any contemporary musician think differently about tuning." Steven Poole, The Guardian "[A] handy little book..." Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times "...explains the Read more...

 
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