Thursday, August 1, 2019

“An Age of Exact Intonation”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:16 PM

From the previous post

"We live in a constellation
Of patches and of pitches,
Not in a single world,
In things said well in music,
On the piano and in speech. . . ."

— Wallace Stevens, "July Mountain"

What, exactly, is the phrase "exact intonation" supposed to mean?

A possible clue —

" Casals is adamant about intonation. He has had his pupils repeat passages
until there is absolute accuracy of intonation. To a pupil playing a sonata with
piano, he recommends, 'do not be afraid to be out of tune with the piano.
It is the piano that is out of tune. The piano with its tempered scale is
a compromise in intonation.' "

— http://www.cello.org/heaven/bios/casalsap.htm

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