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Temperament: The Idea That Solved Music's Greatest Riddle

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"Isacoff's book describes the history of musical harmony and its most important offshoot: the evolution of equal temperament, a tuning system that had an enormous impact on every aspect of the history of music, from the development of the sonata and the symphony to the design of instruments. Equal temperament divides the octave into twelve equal parts, or the notes of the scale: C, C-sharp, D, D-sharp, and so on. In previous tuning systems, the precise placement of these pitches varied; depending on which system was used, they could be higher or lower, in tune with certain harmonies and out of tune with others. But when instruments are tuned in equal temperament, there is no variation. Each note must be exactly a half step away from the note above or below it." Ruth Franklin, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375403552
Subtitle:
The Idea That Solved Music's Greatest Riddle
Author:
Isacoff, Stuart M.
Author:
Isacoff, Stuart M.
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Musical intervals and scales
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Musical temperament.
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Theory
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
November 13, 2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.82x5.35x1.15 in. .82 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375403552 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Isacoff's book describes the history of musical harmony and its most important offshoot: the evolution of equal temperament, a tuning system that had an enormous impact on every aspect of the history of music, from the development of the sonata and the symphony to the design of instruments. Equal temperament divides the octave into twelve equal parts, or the notes of the scale: C, C-sharp, D, D-sharp, and so on. In previous tuning systems, the precise placement of these pitches varied; depending on which system was used, they could be higher or lower, in tune with certain harmonies and out of tune with others. But when instruments are tuned in equal temperament, there is no variation. Each note must be exactly a half step away from the note above or below it." (read the entire New Republic review)
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