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Wanted to share what blew my mind in Physics of Music class today. I present: Just, Mean, and Pythagorean Scales.
“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 wh…

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Wanted to share what blew my mind in Physics of Music class today. I present: Just, Mean, and Pythagorean Scales.(r/musictheory)

I read a book called How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and why you should care) – It suggests that pieces written before equal temperament was introduced (particularly on the piano) would’ve sounded significantly different played on instruments which had been tuned by harmonics.

Pretty interesting read, if a little dry and maths-y!

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Ross W. Duffin

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W. W. Norton & Company

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