Meantone Temperaments on Lutes and Viols

Meantone Temperaments on Lutes and Viols

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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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 22.86mm | 612g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 84 b&w illus., 76 music exx., 42 tables
  • 0253021235
  • 9780253021236
  • 1,465,913

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This book is well written in a friendly style, and it fulfills its tutorial intention very well.Summer 2017 * The Consort * There is a wealth of knowledge here for more advanced performers and those with an interest in historical temperaments. * Music Reference Services Quarterly * This is an excellent, well-written book. There is a wealth of information about how players of fretted instruments found different solutions to the problems of tuning; the section on the theory of temperaments is a good read in spite of the dryness of its subject matter; and there is much good practical advice to help us improve our playing by getting our instruments well in tune. * The Viola da Gamba Society Journal *show more

About David Dolata

David Dolata is Professor of Musicology at Florida International University and professional lutenist, appearing at such venues as the Glimmerglass Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, the Northwest Bach Festival, the Miami Bach Society, and on broadcasts and recordings for NPR, CBS, and more

Table of contents

List of DiagramsList of TablesList of Audio FilesAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: PrecedentPart One Introduction1. Historical Performance, Thought, and Perspective2. Surviving Fixed Metal-Fret Instruments3. Fretting Pattern IconographyPart One ConclusionPart Two: TheoryPart Two Introduction4. Inside the Numbers: How Tuning Systems Work and Why We Need Them5. Tour through Tuning SystemsPart Two ConclusionPart Three: PracticePart Three Introduction6. Physical and Environmental Factors7. The Zen of Tuning8. Continuo9. ViolsConclusionAppendix 1: CleartuneAppendix 2: Equal Temperament Offset ChartsNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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