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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000139.txt from 2010/11

From: Martin Baxter <martinbaxter1@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] RES: Orchestral Pitch
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:56:42 -0500

Accepting all that you say nevertheless
My former teacher Cecil James told me of going round all the London Orchestras with a tuning meter. He reckoned only two of them started at A=440hz and only one was still at that pitch by the end of the concert, He reckoned that it was 'because they had a bloody-minded oboist'. (I suspect James McGillivray.)
If the LSO had started a A=442 and ended at A=445 could you honestly claim that they had been in tune for the whole evening? As Cecil said "they always SOUNDED in tune", and his musical ear was legendary;- it had to be as a virtuoso FRENCH system bassoonist.
Martin
On 12 Nov 2010, at 17:44, Keith Bowen wrote:

Martin

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