Temperament has ratings and 54 reviews. Isacoff examines the tuning of the Western diatonic scale, the problem of obtaining pure, harmonious intervals. Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization. Front Cover. Stuart Isacoff. Knopf Doubleday. Six Questions with the Author: Stuart Isacoff on Temperament Excerpt from Temperament: The Idea That Solved Music’s Greatest Riddle.

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Pianist and composer Isacoff delves into “equal temperament,” the18th-century tuning system that carved isacofv octave into 12 equal intervals. When a Renaissance musician tuned a musical instrument A short book about tuning for keyboard insturments, and the struggles associated with establishment of the current equal temperment tuning.

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Indeed, from the time of the My library Help Advanced Book Search. Indeed, from the time of the Ancient Greeks through the eras of Renaissance scientists and Enlightenment philosophers, the relationship between the notes of the musical scale was seen as a key to the very nature of the universe. In this engaging and accessible account, Stuart Siacoff leads us through the battles over that scale, placing them in the context of quarrels in the worlds of art, philosophy, religion, politics and te,perament.


The contentious adoption of the modern tuning system known as equal temperament called into question beliefs that had lasted nearly two millenia—and also made possible the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, and all who followed.

Filled with original insights, fascinating anecdotes, and portraits of some of the greatest geniuses of all time, Temperament is that rare book that will delight the novice and expert alike. Selected pages Page I0 The Alchemy of Sound.

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Other editions – View all Temperament: Stuart Isacoff Limited preview – Stuart Isacoff No preview available – His work in interdisciplinary studies has also brought him to such venues as the Vero Beach Museum of Art, where he lectured on links between kinetic art and music. Isacoff teaches a graduate course in the philosophy of music and an undergraduate survey in the history of Western music at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music SUNYand a course in the art of writing at St.


He has also taught musical improvisation at William Paterson University and at festivals around the world. His piano recitals often combine classical repertoire with jazz improvisation, demonstrating the threads that connect musical works created centuries and continents apart.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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