The piano is the best loved of musical instruments, thanks in part to the elegant symmetrical design of its ivory and ebony keyboard that ensures each pitch is reliably equidistant from the next. But this 'equal temperament' tuning was once a hugely controversial notion. It is difficult now to imagine the keyboard as other than it is; yet this was precisely what many European musicians practising before the nineteenth century demanded of their instruments. For hundreds of years, musicians, craftsmen, church officials, heads ...

Temperament 2007, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571234462


Mass-market paperback

Temperament 2002, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571196227