Examples of Historical Musical Tunings

produced by Erich Neuwirth

The following examples demonstrate how tuning (also called musical temperament) impacts the musical character of a piece.
I use them regularly in my presentations.

You need Quicktime Player (or another streaming client handling mp3 audio streams) to be able to listen to these pieces.

These are the pieces you can hear:

For more information about the underlying theory see
Erich Neuwirth
Musical Temperaments
Springer Verlag
ISBN 3-211-83040-5
Book+CDROM with some hundred sound examples

and two other books containing articles about this topic.

You can also order these books at Amazon Germany
Musical Temperaments
Mathematics and Arts
Mathematics and Music
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