Guest spottedmetal Posted February 20, 2008 Share Posted February 20, 2008 Dear All Having pondered temperaments since teenhood, I've been advocating steering away from equal wherever possible. This afternoon I had the task of persuading an eminent pianist to perform Chopin on an unequal temperament, which was fun! Whilst possibly having been one of the first to recommend unequal tuning for Chopin a dozen or more years ago, some other commentators on the net appear to be endorsing the hunch. On the piano I favour Kellner for its musicality, mildness, sheer common sense in making the home keys pure and defined progression towards the remote keys. I've flirted with Bradley Lehman but found it too mild and without the direction achieved by Kellner, whilst on a former house organ I lived with Werkmeister III, and loving the Boellman Priere, came to hate Werkmeister despite the purity of all its pure intervals. By the way, tuning Werkmeister without a meter is really easy, although I could not remember how after all these years. Using a meter, whilst attacking a two manual harpsichord, I set one manual to Kirnberger and one to Kellner by accident and rather liked the slightly stronger Kirnberger but haven't dared to take the piano that far! Three questions: 1. To what temperament would you dare to tune a piano 2. who would be the latest composer's music for which an unequal temperament would be appropriate 3. to which unequal temperament would you dare to tune a house organ without compromising the repertoire playable. With regard to pianos, Broadwoods were still tuning "Broadwood's Best" unequal temperament in the 1880s and legendarily it appears that St George's Windsor was the last organ to adopt equal temperament in the 1890s. It would be interesting to hear the story from the Continent also, those of you who are in mainland Europe! Best wishes Spot PS (By the way, contrary to a posting on a former thread which was not so potently relevant as it was about a tuning problem rather than tuning per se I recommend DIY piano tuning - I've become distinctly unimpressed by the local professional piano tuners nowadays and one can achieve much greater stability of the instrument doing it yourself - and someone correctly mentioned octave stretching - 440, 881, etc adding one or two Hz per octave - and down the bass tune by 10ths ). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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