The piano is the best loved of musical instruments, thanks in part to the elegant symmetrical design of its ivory and ebony keyboard, relative to pitch. And yet this "equal temperament" tuning was once a hugely controversial proposition. For hundreds of years, musicians, craftsmen, church officials, heads of state and philosophers fought heatedly against the introduction of "equal temperament" tuning. Stuart Isacoff recounts this great battle over the best way to create music - one that culminated in the decisive victory of ...

Temperament 2007, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571234462


Temperament 2002, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571196227