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Author Gribenski, Fanny, author.

Title TUNING THE WORLD : THE RISE OF 440 HERTZ IN MUSIC, SCIENCE, AND POLITICS, 1859-1955 / Fanny Gribenski.

Publication Info. Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2023.

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1 copy ordered for GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction on 11-09-2022.
Description pages cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series New material histories of music
New material histories of music.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : tuning forks and global politics -- Tuning the nation : aesthetics, science, industry, and the French pitch -- Sounding the world : nationalism, internationalism, and the travels of the French pitch -- Retuning the world : transatlanticismand the defeat of the French pitch -- "Pitch in our time" : international concord and the engineering of an interwar standard -- Postwar aftermath : confirming an embattled standard -- Epilogue.
Summary "Now commonly accepted as the point of reference for musicians in the Western world, A 440 hertz only became the standard pitch during an international conference held in 1939. The adoption of this norm was the result of decades of negotiations between countries involving performers, composers, diplomats, physicists, and sound engineers. Although musicians and musicologists are aware of the variability of musical pitches over time, as attested by the use of lower frequencies to perform early music repertoires, no study has fully explained the invention of our current concert pitch. In this book, Fanny Gribenski draws on a rich variety of previously unexplored archival sources and a unique combination of musicological perspectives, transnational history, and science studies. Tuning the World demonstrates the aesthetic, scientific, industrial, and political contingencies underlying the construction of one of the most "natural" objects of contemporary musical performance, itself the result of a cacophony ofcompeting views and interests"-- Provided by publisher.
"Tuning the World tells the unknown story of how the musical pitch A 440 became the global norm. Now commonly accepted as the point of reference for musicians in the Western world, A 440 Hertz only became the standard pitch during an international conference held in 1939. The adoption of this norm was the result of decades of negotiations between countries involving performers, composers, diplomats, physicists, and sound engineers. Although musicians and musicologists are aware of the variability of musical pitches over time, as attested by the use of lower frequencies to perform early music repertoires, no study has fully explained the invention of our current concert pitch. In this book, Fanny Gribenski draws on a rich variety of previously unexplored archival sources and a unique combination of musicological perspectives, transnational history, and science studies. Tuning the World demonstrates the aesthetic, scientific, industrial, and political contingencies underlying the construction of one of themost "natural" objects of contemporary musical performance, itself the result of a cacophony of competing views and interests"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Tuning -- History -- 19th century.
Tuning -- History -- 20th century.
Musical pitch -- Standards -- History.
MUSIC / History & Criticism
MUSIC / Philosophy & Social Aspects
Added Title Rise of 440 Hertz in music, science, and politics, 1859-1955
ISBN 9780226823263 : HRD 55.00
0226823261 : HRD 55.00 (cloth) 9780226823270 (ebook)

 
    
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