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Even without the piano (or even keyboard instruments), there were other forces pushing toward something close to equal temperament. The common narrative is that chromatic music was instrumental in the use of temperaments that were more equal. While that is a factor, it's important to look at how chromatic music could be even in the 1600s. Frescobaldi's ...


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As it has been explained in many questions and answers - look on the right edge of this site the related questions - the development of the well-tempered piano was a product of the development of the polyphony and the purpose of composers to modulate through all keys and accompany chorals and songs in all keys with claves instruments (cembalos, harpsichords,...


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The earliest use of equal temperament was on fretted instruments with fixed frets. The ratio of 17:18 for the string length for successive frets is a good approximation to equal temperament. The errors were well within the tolerance of other intonation issues such as non-uniform gut strings, and the different amounts of string bending on different frets ...


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the piano is tuned with equal temperament Not necessarily. Pianos were in wide use by the late 18th century, but equal temperament was not until perhaps 100 years later. The rise of equal temperament seems rather to have been driven by the expansion of modulatory possibilities as the "common practice" system of harmony was expanded, eventually to the ...


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