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Former Volunteer Business Administrator for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

I have also been a technical writer, computer magazine tech journalist, music critic and music journalist, copywriter and publicist, and professional musician.


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revised What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
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comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
@thSoft, what is the name of your musical group, and where do they perform, please? Do they have a website?
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answered What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
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comment What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
It's great that we have some DMAs and PhDs in Music participating on this site. I merely hold a Bachelor of Music degree, but I claim the self-appointed title of "Armchair Musicologist".
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comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
The person asking the question said that their group plays on period instruments, which would be designed for the lower diapason. In order to play in A=392 or A=415, you have to have special woodwind and brass instruments that are built for that tuning. You can't "re-tune" woodwind and brass instruments that were built for A=440 down that low. By the same token, if you are going down to A=392, bowed string musicians may have to change to a thicker gauge of strings.
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comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
So I would say quarter-comma meantone with the pitch A tuned to either 392Hz or 415Hz (I am not sure which was used in Monteverdi's Italy; in France around that time it was A=392Hz.) We refer to the tuning of A as the diapason or kammerton.
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comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
No, tjb1982, in Monteverdi's time the tuning would have been around A=392 or A=415, which are a whole step and a half step below A=440, respectively. In Bach's time most orchestras tuned to A=415, but there were pipe organs tuned to A=466, which is a half step above A=440. The tuning of A=430 appeared around Schubert's time. A=440 did not become widely adopted until the early 20th century.
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answered Baroque music composed in the 21st century
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comment What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
What schools give a PhD in Composition, and how would it differ from a DMA in Composition?
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answered What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
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comment Problem with fingering
Are we to assume that you are referring to playing the guitar? You did not say what instrument you play.
May
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answered Altering the sound of a guitar to match a sitar
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comment Was the viola da gamba or violin particularly associated with England in the late 16th or early 17th century?
The point is that the newer violin grew in popularity rapidly, and overtook the popularity of the viol (the treble instrument in the viola da gamba family). There was a considerable period of overlap, however, when you could expect to hear either one.
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revised Is there a specific name for Sheet music that uses numbers (二胡 Èrhú Sheet Music)?
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answered Is there a specific name for Sheet music that uses numbers (二胡 Èrhú Sheet Music)?