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  •  Duuude. (2+ / 0-)
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    when ”Ah, perfido!” was composed, in 1796, the tuning pitch was 422-424 cycles per second. LaRouche’s bill specifies that tuning pitches varying from 432 by more than 0.5 hertz are illegal. Were the Italian Senate to enact the bill, in accordance with one of its provisions, she would be fined as much as $730 for using a tuning pitch as low as 424. 432 is too high for most music written prior to 1810 and too low for nearly everything later.

    Well, I learned something.  It might be interesting to tune to period-appropriate pitch for different pieces of music.  Yeah, it would be a pain in the butt for stringed pianos and such, but I bet electric pianos could be made to shift tuning at the touch of a button, so for amateur singers and/or a cappella singers, it would be fine.

    •  FWIW (2+ / 0-)
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      there are a number of musical groups that perform early music on authentic, period pieces to great effect.

      Sometimes music written for Sackbut, Theorbo and Hautboy sound best when played on Sackbut, Theorbo and Hautboy...

      "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

      by ARS on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 05:52:51 PM PDT

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    •  Electronic keyboards (2+ / 0-)
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      The eletctronic keyboards I've used have a setting to adjust the tuning.

      The Republican plan is always the same old trickle-down, on-your-own, special-interests-first, country-club, voodoo economics.

      by JayC on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 07:19:33 PM PDT

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