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On “temperament”

Ever wonder what Bach meant by The Well-Tempered Clavier?  Well, the wikipedia page actually does a pretty good job of describing it, and there are more details on the wikipedia page for musical temperament.

For a more mathematical look at why the issue of musical temperament arises, this is a good reference – Circle of fifths and roots of two.

For an interesting look at this issue from a historical perspective, along with audio clips of pieces played in different tuning systems, check out – The centuries-old struggle to play in tune.

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