And on top of that, he wasn't writing for 12 tone equal temperament. While there's much argument over exactly what temperament he used, we know for certain that it wasn't what we use now. The sizes (measured in cents) of intervals between notes were not the same in all keys, so each key had its own particular sound (its "color"), and composers took advantage of that fact. This has the most effect on fixed pitch instruments - keyboards, fretted strings, recorders, etc. Examples of the different temperaments are all over YouTube and are worth listening to.Vlad Kosulin wrote:Don't forget that Bach did not write with A=440 Hz pitch in mind. Organs he played we set to A=480 Hz, for example, and who knows how his harpsichords were tuned.
Amen.IMHO, all these transposition worries are way exaggerated. It all comes to what we get used to.
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Actually Mark, I wrote it.Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote: ↑Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:57 pmWhilst the minuet's being discussed why not put in a word for its composer, Christian Petzold? It's more than 30 years now since it was first (re)identified as belonging to one of his suites and it's still being misattributed to JSB by all and sundry from Jason Waldron to Willie Nelson. Poor old Christian, he isn't remembered for much - it seems a shame that he's continually robbed of this, his most famous (if slight) work.
We can change it - tell everyone - "Minuet in G" by Christian Petzold.