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The Temperamental Bach
Artist/Band: James Pressler
Hear multiple historic keyboard temperaments in direct comparison. A breakthrough recording for musicians, theorists and students of physics.
A recording by Pressler is also available exploring harpsichord temperaments and music of Purcell: The Temperamental Mr. Purcell.
Before the time of Christ, Greek musicians and mathematicians were embroiled in the challenge of understanding the difficulties of tuning keyboard instruments with an octave of 12 pitches. Early tunings emphasized certain intervals as being in tune, and accepted others as being out of tune, to the point of being unusable. Later tunings smoothed this out to the point now where we have a universal equal tuning system in use. But this system actually consists of all intervals being equally out of tune. Interest has always existed in being able to directly compare how these tuning systems really compare. This CD finally offers that and answers many questions.