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The Resource Temperament : how music became a battleground for the great minds of Western civilization, Stuart Isacoff

Temperament : how music became a battleground for the great minds of Western civilization, Stuart Isacoff

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Temperament : how music became a battleground for the great minds of Western civilization
Title
Temperament
Title remainder
how music became a battleground for the great minds of Western civilization
Statement of responsibility
Stuart Isacoff
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Few music lovers realize that the arrangement of notes on today's pianos was once regarded as a crime against God and nature, or that such legendary thinkers as Pythagoras, Plato, da Vinci, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton, and Rousseau played a role in the controversy. Indeed, from the time of the ancient Greeks through the eras of Renaissance scientists and Enlightenment philosophers, the relationship between the notes of the musical scale was seen as a key to the very nature of the universe. In this engaging and accessible account, Stuart Isacoff leads us through the battles over that scale, placing them in the context of quarrels in the worlds of art, philosophy, religion, politics, and science. The contentious adoption of the modern tuning system known as equal temperament called into question beliefs that had lasted nearly two millennia -- and also made possible the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, and all who followed."--Book jacket
Cataloging source
ORX
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Isacoff, Stuart
Dewey number
784.192/8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML3809
LC item number
.I83 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Musical temperament
  • Musical intervals and scales
  • Music
Label
Temperament : how music became a battleground for the great minds of Western civilization, Stuart Isacoff
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "With a new afterword"--P. [4] cover
  • Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2001
  • The Library of Congress has cataloged the Knopf edition as follows: Isacoff, Stuart. Temperament : the idea that solved music's greatest riddle / Stuart Isacoff
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Newton's desires -- In the realm of the gods -- So many bells -- The search for La; a musical puzzle -- Frozen music -- Harmony of Heaven and Earth -- Keyboard perspective -- Euclid's gift -- Alchemy of sound -- Short trip to China -- Scientists confer -- Liberty, equality, adversity
Control code
sky220317448
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st Vintage Books ed.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9780375703300
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Temperament : how music became a battleground for the great minds of Western civilization, Stuart Isacoff
Publication
Note
  • "With a new afterword"--P. [4] cover
  • Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2001
  • The Library of Congress has cataloged the Knopf edition as follows: Isacoff, Stuart. Temperament : the idea that solved music's greatest riddle / Stuart Isacoff
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Newton's desires -- In the realm of the gods -- So many bells -- The search for La; a musical puzzle -- Frozen music -- Harmony of Heaven and Earth -- Keyboard perspective -- Euclid's gift -- Alchemy of sound -- Short trip to China -- Scientists confer -- Liberty, equality, adversity
Control code
sky220317448
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st Vintage Books ed.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9780375703300
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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