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By Bruce Haynes

ISBN-10: 0810841851

ISBN-13: 9780810841857

this can be the 1st entire survey of the historic pitch criteria utilized by musicians over the past 4 centuries. Written from a pragmatic standpoint and addressed to performers it's the first e-book to connect frequency values to pitch names and describe the place, whilst, and why a number of historic pitch degrees have been used. It surveys a interval from the sixteenth century to the current and specializes in Italy, France, Germany, the northern and southern Netherlands, and the Habsburg Lands, following the advancements within the layout and serve as of tools and the way they prompted and have been encouraged by means of pitch changes.

The historical past of acting Pitch explores the relationships among pitches like Chorton, Cammerton, and Consort-Pitch and what pitch frequencies they represented at a number of instances and locations. It additionally examines what impression pitch variations had on musical notation and selection of key, and discusses functional concerns musicians may have needed to make while transposing, in particular almost about the diversity of singers' voices.

What distinguishes this publication from past pitch reports is that it's been written because the upward thrust of the early track revival in the context of the growing to be realizing of ways "early" tools paintings. This improvement has supplied a brand new resource of empirical info no longer formerly to be had, which permits this publication to base its conclusions on a miles greater and extra appropriate pattern than has ever been attainable ahead of. It refers back to the unique pitches of a few 1,382 ancient tools, together with cornetts, Renaissance flutes, traversos, recorders, clarinets, organs, pitchpipes, and automated tools from far and wide Europe and compares this knowledge with song and written texts. whereas this research avoids specific solutions the place old info isn't really but adequate to justify them, it locates a few ancient pitch degrees, discovers numerous that have been formerly overlooked, and disproves a number of universal myths approximately pitch.

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