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By Bruce Haynes

this can be the 1st entire survey of the ancient pitch criteria utilized by musicians over the past 4 centuries. Written from a realistic standpoint and addressed to performers it's the first booklet to connect frequency values to pitch names and describe the place, whilst, and why a variety of old 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 motivated and have been prompted through 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 variety of occasions and locations. It additionally examines what impression pitch modifications had on musical notation and selection of key, and discusses useful concerns musicians might have needed to make while transposing, in particular near to the variety of singers' voices.

What distinguishes this publication from earlier pitch reviews is that it's been written because the upward push of the early track revival in the context of the transforming into realizing of ways "early" tools paintings. This improvement has supplied a brand new resource of empirical details now not formerly to be had, which permits this ebook to base its conclusions on a miles higher and extra proper pattern than has ever been attainable prior to. 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 in all places Europe and compares this knowledge with song and written texts. whereas this learn avoids specific solutions the place old details isn't really but enough to justify them, it locates a couple of historic pitch degrees, discovers a number of that have been formerly left out, and disproves a number of universal myths approximately pitch.

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