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#2023552 - 01/29/13 04:54 PM digital piano temperaments and composers correlation chart
Marco M Offline
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Registered: 08/28/12
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I read in the internet in the pianoworld forums discussions about old composers and the original temperament they supposedly have had in use. But sometimes the information given is not easy for me to translate to the temperament options which I am provided by my digital piano. For instance, there is no "Victorian Well", "Quasi-Equal", "Young" or "EBVT" temperament programmed in. But there are most often available besides the Equal Tuning as well a Just Major and a Just Minor, a Pythagorean, and of special interest to me the Meantone, Werckmeister-III and Kirnberger-III temperaments. This seems to be true for many digital pianos out there, and not only for my specific model.
Now, I was searching for some proper correlation between old composers and the temperament which supposedly was most often used by them, and found for rough orientation this guideline (source: http://www.kirnberger.fsnet.co.uk/TEMPS4.html):




In order to play in the likely temperament preferred by the composer, the period in which a given piece of music was written must be considered. The following list gives a number of composers, covering successive periods, together with an appropriate temperament.

1/4 Comma Mean Tone
Frescobaldi
Purcell
Vivaldi
Scarlatti (earlier compositions)?
Werckmeister III; Bach’s (Rediscovered by Kellner); Handel’s; Neidhardt
J.S. Bach
C.P.E. Bach
Handel
Modified Mean Tone
Soler
Rameau
Scarlatti (later compositions)
Froberger
Buxtehude
Kirnberger III; Vallotti; Prelleur; YoungI; YoungII;
Haydn (modified mean tone)
Mozart (modified mean tone)
Beethoven
Schubert
Chopin
Weber
Brahms
Equal Temperament
Debussy
Schoenberg
Webern
Stravinsky
Martin
Cage
Stockhausen
Sessions


Would you agree on this, or could you point me to a better guide correlating old composers and those temperaments which can usually be found on the modern digital pianos? I am hobbyist, adult beginner on the piano, with some backgrounds in organ music, and do not aim to find the ultimate scientific assay on the topic, but really a rough guide which I could lean on when starting to play old music in its supposedly original temperament.
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#2025065 - 02/01/13 04:54 AM Re: digital piano temperaments and composers correlation chart [Re: Marco M]
Marco M Offline
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Registered: 08/28/12
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Hmmm, still no feedback here. Over at the Piano Tuner´s board there has been some input, and I thus claim it to be now my main thread on the topic. I would still appreciate, if some pianists could contribute with their knowledge, there:
digital piano temperaments and composers correlation chart
Thanks!

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