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News 2015: (US) Unquiet Thought Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.30: Tempo and pitch II" (11 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

"The is the second of two posts examining tempo and pitch in early music.  Naturally, we can only speculate as to the precise nature and relative importance of tempo and pitch in historical times.  But we can certainly point out how specialists and performers of what we call early music today have misconstrued scant available information on tempo and pitch to reinforce a thoroughly modern aesthetic. Also, where tempo and pitch were ...

once based on functionality and a variety of local traditions, today’s practitioners have created a standardization that rivals the foolish consistency of the McDonald’s French Fry.  Having slowed the tempo in our last post, today we touch on pitch. ..."

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