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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000505.txt from 2002/05

From: "Neptune's Vengeance" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Perfect Pitch
Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 22:19:54 -0400

>On the other hand, the baroque/classical oboist Michel Piguet has extremely
>acute perfect pitch, but he switches easily from 440 to 427 (which is more
>or less the standard for "classical instrument" Mozart) to 415 (1/2 step
>below 440 and the standard for "baroque instrument" work) to 410, 405 and
>392 ("French pitch," a whole step down from 440). He also switches among
>various temperaments. He told me it takes him a few minutes to get used to
>the new bearing, and then he doesn't notice it.

What exactly is the significance of having different A's to tune to? I mean,
I would think an A is and A is an A. I just don't see the big deal in
playing a song tuned to A@-----. Is it all about the
temperment differences we discussed a couple of weeks ago?

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