Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization

Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization

Stuart Isacoff


Few song enthusiasts become aware of that the association of notes on today’s pianos used to be considered as a criminal offense opposed to God and nature, or that such mythical thinkers as Pythagoras, Plato, da Vinci, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton and Rousseau performed a task within the controversy. certainly, from the time of the traditional Greeks throughout the eras of Renaissance scientists and Enlightenment philosophers, the connection among the notes of the musical scale was once obvious as a key to the very nature of the universe.

In this attractive and obtainable account, Stuart Isacoff leads us throughout the battles over that scale, putting them within the context of quarrels within the worlds of artwork, philosophy, faith, politics and technological know-how. The contentious adoption of the fashionable tuning procedure referred to as equal temperament referred to as into query ideals that had lasted approximately millenia–and additionally made attainable the song of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, and all who undefined. packed with unique insights, attention-grabbing anecdotes, and graphics of a few of the best geniuses of all time, Temperament is that infrequent ebook that may pride the amateur and specialist alike.

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