I came across this review of Stuart Isacoff's book "Temperament: The Idea That Solved Music's Greatest Riddle". It gives a fairly interesting, at least to me, discussion of equal and unequal temperament.
The reviewer writes: "The revolution of equal temperament took place primarily in the musical arena, but Isacoff shows that the concepts that brought it about were inseparable from contemporaneous ideas about astronomy or man's place in the universe or God." There's also some discussion of how this bears on the HIP movement, and Enid Katahn's recordings ("Six Degrees of Tonality: A Well Tempered Piano" and "Beethoven in the Temperaments: Historical Tunings on the Modern Concert Grand"). I'm not familiar with the recordings, but the review has make me interested that I'm thinking of getting them so as to do some side-by-side comparisons with other recordings. I'm really not sure what to make of the matter. Here's the link for those interested: http://www.thenewrepublic.com/121001/franklin121001_print.html
[ December 13, 2001: Message edited by: netizen ]