How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony
How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony
(And Why You Should Care)
Ross W. Duffin

"A fascinating and genuinely accessible guide....Educating, enjoyable, and delightfully unscary."—Classical Music

What if Bach and Mozart heard richer, more dramatic chords than we hear in music today? What sonorities and moods have we lost in playing music in "equal temperament"—the equal division of the octave into twelve notes that has become our standard tuning method? Thanks to How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony, "we may soon be able to hear for ourselves what Beethoven really meant when he called B minor 'black'" (Wall Street Journal).

In this "comprehensive plea for more variety in tuning methods" (Kirkus Reviews), Ross W. Duffin presents "a serious and well-argued case" (Goldberg Magazine) that "should make any contemporary musician think differently about tuning" (Saturday Guardian). 48 illustrations.

Title How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony
Subtitle (And Why You Should Care)
Author Ross W. Duffin
Publisher W. W. Norton
Title First Published 06 October 2008
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 208 p.
ISBN-10 0393334201
ISBN-13 9780393334203
Publication Date 06 October 2008
Main content page count 208
Weight 16 oz.

We also suggest

Product image
The Jazz Standards
A Guide to the Repertoire
Ted Gioia
2013 Edition