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The Temperamental Bach


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Editorial Reviews

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.

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. BWV 561 Equal
  2. BWV 561 Meantone
  3. BWV 561 Kirnberger
  4. BWV 591 Equal
  5. BWV 591 Meantone
  6. BWV 591 Pythagorean
  7. BWV 591 Kirnberger
  8. BWV 591 Werckmeister I
  9. BWV 591 Werckmeister III
  10. BWV 591 Young I
  11. BWV 591 Young II
  12. BWV 680 Equal
  13. BWV 680 Meantone
  14. BWV 680 Pythagorean
  15. BWV 680 Kirnberger
  16. BWV 680 Werckmeister I
  17. BWV 680 Werckmeister III
  18. BWV 680 Young I
  19. BWV 680 Young II


Product details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 2008)
  • Label: Frog Music Press
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • ASIN: B001LF34UG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,572 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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