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- In music, tuned in equal temperament. The term is used specifically in the (English) title of one of J. S. Bach's most famous works, “The Well-Tempered Clavichord,” a collection of forty-eight preludes and fugues, in two equal parts, one finished in 1722 and the other in 1744, which were written in all the major and minor keys (tonalities) of the keyboard for the purpose of testing the theory of tuning in equal temperament, at that time but little known. See
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