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Written for musicians by a musician, Meantone Temperaments on Lutes and Viols demystifies tuning systems by providing the basic information, historical context, and practical advice necessary to easily achieve more satisfying tuning results on fretted instruments. Despite the overwhelming organological evidence that many of the finest lutenists, vihuelists, and viola da gamba players in the Renaissance and Baroque eras tuned their instruments in one of the meantone temperaments, most modern early instrument players today still tune to equal temperament. In this handbook richly supplemented with figures, diagrams, and music examples, historical performers will discover why temperaments are necessary and how they work, descriptions of a variety of temperaments, and their application on fretted instruments. This technical book provides downloadable audio tracks and other tools for fretted instrument players to achieve more stable consonances, colorful dissonances, and harmonic progressions that vividly propel the music forward.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Diagrams
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. List of Audio Files
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. PART ONE: Precedent
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. PART ONE INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Historical Performance, Thought, and Perspective
  2. pp. 11-35
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Surviving Fixed Metal-Fret Instruments
  2. pp. 36-48
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Fretting Pattern Iconography
  2. pp. 49-64
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  1. PART ONE CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. PART TWO: Theory
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. PART TWO: INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: Inside the Numbers: How Tuning Systems Work and Why We Need Them
  2. pp. 71-94
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: Tour through Tuning Systems
  2. pp. 95-126
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  1. PART TWO CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. PART THREE: Practice
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. PART THREE: INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 131-132
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: Physical and Environmental Factors
  2. pp. 133-150
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: The Zen of Tuning
  2. pp. 151-186
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: Continuo
  2. pp. 187-204
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  1. CHAPTER NINE: Viols
  2. pp. 205-225
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 226-228
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  1. Appendix 1: Hertz in Cleartune
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Appendix 2: Equal Temperament Offset Charts
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 243-260
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 261-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-280
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 281
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  1. Image Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253021465
Print ISBN
9780253021236
MARC Record
OCLC
950519255
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2016-05-30
Language
English
Open Access
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