Tuning and Temperament: A Historical Survey

Tuning and Temperament: A Historical Survey

by James Murray Barbour
     
 

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Some of music theory's complexities become decidedly clearer with the guidance of this classic survey of the problems of tuning and temperament. It traces the pursuit of the perfect scale (tuning) and the compromises necessary for composing in every key (temperament), from Pythagoras and Ptolemy to Bach, Bosanquet, and beyond. Author J. Murray Barbour notes and…  See more details below

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Some of music theory's complexities become decidedly clearer with the guidance of this classic survey of the problems of tuning and temperament. It traces the pursuit of the perfect scale (tuning) and the compromises necessary for composing in every key (temperament), from Pythagoras and Ptolemy to Bach, Bosanquet, and beyond. Author J. Murray Barbour notes and evaluates the contributions of well- and lesser-known students of this issue. A chapter is devoted to each of the principal theories, with subsidiary treatment of the minor contributions. Organized chronologically, the book features a helpful glossary and numerous illustrative tables, and it requires minimal background in music theory. This new reissue is currently the only edition in print of a much-quoted classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306704222
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
02/28/1972
Series:
Da Capo Press Music Reprint Series
Pages:
228

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